Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)

Topic/focus: Vital Events
Year(s): 1994 – present
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Study and sample characteristics: Data derived from police accident / crash reports, vital records, medical records, and state records
Universe: Nationwide fatal motor vehicle crashes
Variables: n/a
Access: Publically available
Cost: Free
Key web links: Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)
Primary Institutional Contact: Injury Research Center (irc@mcw.edu)

Summary: The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) contains data derived from a census of fatal traffic crashes within the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. To be included in FARS, a crash must involve a motor vehicle traveling on a traffic way customarily open to the public and result in the death of a person (occupant of a vehicle or a non-motorist) within 30 days of the crash. FARS data released to the public does not include any personal identifying information such as names, addresses, or social security numbers, and Vehicle Identification Numbers are truncated in public access files over the Internet. Thus any data kept in FARS files and available to the public fully conforms with Privacy Act laws.