Traffic Accident Resources

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Traffic Statistics (from the April 2013 publication: 2011 Traffic Safety Facts)

  • A total of 32,367 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes in 2011. Another 2.22 million people were injured.
  • Over 5 million police-reported motor vehicle crashes occurred in the United States in 2011.
  • In 2011, an average of one person died every 16 minutes in a motor vehicle crash.
  • Thirty-one percent of fatal crashes in 2011 involved alcohol. Drivers 21 to 24 years of age were the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers involved in fatal crashes at 32%.

Wisconsin Traffic Crash Statistics (from 2012 Wisconsin Traffic Crash Facts (PDF))

  • 601 persons were killed in Wisconsin motor vehicle traffic crashes. This is an average of just over one life lost each day on Wisconsin traffic arteries.
  • 39,370 persons were injured in 28,453 reported injury crashes and 535 fatal crashes. 3,582, or 9%, of those injured were known at the time of the crash to have sustained incapacitating injuries.
  • 52% of persons killed in passenger car and light truck crashes (for instances in which safety belt use could be determined) were not using safety restraints.
  • Of the 601 persons killed, 37% died in alcohol-related crashes, 28% died in speed-related crashes and 16% died in crashes that involved both speed and alcohol.
  • 73% of all motorcyclists killed in crashes were not wearing helmets.

MCW Libraries has numerous books on traffic crash statistics and accident prevention.

Journal Articles:
A PubMed (Medline) search retrieves recent articles on traffic accident statistics. Note: Full-text links may not work if you are not on the MCW, CHW, or FH networks. To verify that MCW Libraries subscribes to a journal, check the E-Journals list.

RSS Traffic Accident Articles from PubMed

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute
Froedtert & MCW Crash Injury Research & Engineering Center Network (CIREN)
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute
Medical College of Wisconsin Injury Research Center
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
National Center for Health Statistics
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
National Safety Council
National Transportation Safety Board

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