Traffic Safety Facts
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released the 2004
safety fact sheet.
- 2004 there were an estimated 6,181,000 police-reported traffic crashes.
- 42,636 people were killed.
- 2,788,000 people were injured.
- 4,281,000 crashes involved property damage.
- An average of 117 people died each day.
- An estimated 15,434 lives were saved by seat belts.
- Alcohol was responsible for 39% of all traffic fatalities, and the highest
percentage age group was 21 to 24 year olds.
- 38% of male drivers age 15 to 20 who were involved in fatal crashes were
- Motorcyclists were 32 times more likely to to die than car occupants.
- More than half of the passenger vehicle occupants killed were
- Nearly one-fith of the pedalcyclists killed in traffic crashes were
between the ages of 5 and 15.
Information provided by National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration