About Driving Risk

In 2010, nearly 33,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the United States. This was the lowest number since 1949, when there were far fewer drivers and cars on American roads.1

Despite advances made in automobile safety and regulations, such as air bags and safety belt laws, motor vehicle deaths remain the leading cause of death for people ages 8 to 34 years.2


  1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). (2012). 2010 motor vehicle crashes: Overview (NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts Publication No. DOT HS 811 552). Retrieved May 3, 2012, from http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811552.pdf (PDF 1.48 MB)
  2. NHTSA. (2012). Motor vehicle traffic crashes as a leading cause of death in the United States, 2008 and 2009 (NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts Publication No. DOT HS 811 620). Retrieved June 2, 2012, from http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811620.pdf (PDF 296 KB)
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