2019-2020 Driving Statistics: The Ultimate List of Driving Stats

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2019-2020 Driving Statistics: The Ultimate List of Driving Stats

Vehicle Safety
Road Safety Statistics
Understand how speeding affects road safety and get the most recent national data on car accidents, pedestrian safety and winter driving.
Speeding Statistics
Speed-related crashes cost Americans $40.4 billion each year. (Insurance Information Institute, 2019)
For more than two decades, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities. (NHTSA, 2018)
Teens are more likely than older drivers to speed and allow shorter following distances. (Texas A&M Transportation Institute, 2019)
Over 50% of the five million yearly car crashes in the United States are caused by aggressive drivers, with speeding being the most prevalent contributor to this statistic. (TeenSafe, 2018)
Speeding killed 10,111 people in the US in 2016, accounting for more than a quarter (27%) of all traffic fatalities. (NHTSA, 2018)
Speed was a factor in 31% of US teen driver fatalities. (NHTSA, 2018)
42% of the surveyed drivers said they don’t consider going 10 mph over the speed limit to be speeding. Another 10% said they don’t think a 20 mph increase is speeding. (Everquote, 2016)
Drivers speed at least 10 mph more than half of the time. (Everquote, 2016)
National data shows that even a 10 mph speed increase ups the risk of a crash by 9.1%. (Fortune, 2016)
Drivers ages 15-20 had the highest representation in speed related fatal crashes (32% and 22%) compared to any other age group in 2016. (NHTSA, 2018)
Teens do not consider driving 5 to 10 miles above the speed limit to be dangerous. (Texas A&M Transportation Institute, 2019)
Speeding continues to be the number one cited driver-related factor in highway fatal crashes. (Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 2017)
Car Accident Statistics 2020
Learn the main reasons that cause deadly motor vehicle crashes.
General Stats on Driving-Related Fatalities
Every year, roughly 1.3 million people die in car accidents worldwide – an average of 3,287 deaths per day. (SaferAmerica, 2019)
58% of police-reported fatal car accidents in the US involved only one vehicle. (SaferAmerica, 2019)
Road traffic crashes cause up to 50 million injuries globally each year. (WHO, 2018)
The number of annual road traffic deaths has reached 1.35 million. (WHO, 2018)
For 2016, US traffic fatalities increased by an estimated additional 6% totaling more than 40,000 for the first time since 2007. Injuries also jumped up by 7% from 2015, estimated at 4.6 million. (National Safety Council, 2017)
37,133 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2017, down 1.8% from 37,806 in 2016, the first decline since 2014. (NHTSA, 2018)
More than 900 people a year die and nearly 2,000 are injured as a result of vehicles running red lights. (Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, 2018)
Car occupant deaths have declined 46% since 1975, while pickup occupant deaths have risen 25% and SUV occupant deaths are more than 10 times as high. (IIHS, 2018)
Boys are more likely to suffer fatal MVC injuries than girls; 61% of fatalities are among boys and 39% among girls. (NHTSA, 2018)
Frontal impacts accounted for 54% of passenger vehicle occupant deaths in 2016. Side impacts accounted for another 25% of passenger vehicle occupant deaths. (IIHS, 2018)
A total of 7,488 passenger vehicle occupants died in rollover crashes in 2016. 28% of these did not involve any other impact. (IIHS, 2018)
Since 1978, driver death rates for single-vehicle rollover crashes have declined across all passenger vehicle types, particularly for SUVs. (IIHS, 2018)
Fatalities by location
Death rates from road traffic accidents are three times higher in low-income countries than in high-income countries. (WHO, 2018)
Nationwide, 50% of motor vehicle deaths in 2016 occurred in rural areas. (IIHS, 2016)
While only 21% of the population lives in rural areas, this is where 60% of crash fatalities occurred in 2016. (NHTSA, 2018)
Fatalities by type of road user
More than half of all road traffic deaths are among pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists. (WHO, 2018)
Pedestrian deaths accounted for 16% of all traffic fatalities in 2016. (NHTSA, 2018)
Fatalities by gender
74% of passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2016 were drivers; 71% of these were males. (IIHS, 2018)
Male drivers were involved in 34% of fatal crashes in 2016 while female drivers were involved in 12%. (USDOT, 2017)
Fatalities by age
Globally, car accidents are the leading cause of death among young adults ages 15-29 – and the 9th leading cause of death for all people. (SaferAmerica, 2019)
Road traffic crashes are the 8th leading cause of deaths for people of all ages. (WHO, 2018)
Young adults aged 15-44 account for more than half of all road traffic deaths. (SaferAmerica, 2019)
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for US teens. (CDC, 2018)
In 2016, teenagers ages 14-19 years accounted for 74% of crash fatalities among children and died at more than 6 times the rate of children under 14. (Safe Kids Worldwide, 2018)
Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash. (CDC, 2018)
DUI/Impaired Driving Statistics
See how alcohol, drugs and various distractions affect our ability to focus on the road. Most recent drunk driving
Distracted Driving Statistics
Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. (NHTSA, 2018)
One in three teens who text say they have done so while driving. (NHTSA, 2018)
Dialing a phone number while driving increases a teen's risk of crashing by six times. (NHTSA, 2018)
One in four drivers used a cell phone right before they were involved in a crash. (Chicago Tribune, 2017)
96% of surveyed drivers consider themselves a safe driver, but 56% admit to using the phone while driving. (Everquote, 2016)
Dialing a phone is the most dangerous distraction, increasing a driver's chance of crashing by 12 times. (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, 2016)
Reading or writing increased the risk of crashing by 10 times. (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, 2016)
Driving while crying or visibly angry increased risk of crashing by 10 times. (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, 2016)
Using hands-free devices is still 4 times more distracting than talking to a passenger. (Driver's Alert, 2017)
Over 80% of drivers admit to blatantly hazardous behavior while driving, such as changing clothes, steering with a foot, painting nails, or even shaving. (TeenSafe, 2018)
The largest cause of distracted driving crashes—coming in at 62%—is a driver being lost in thought or letting their mind wander. (TeenSafe, 2018)
20% of drivers say they’ve styled their hair from behind the wheel. (TeenSafe, 2018)
A manual transmission vehicles double the chances of distracted driving crashes caused by food consumption. (Drive-Safely.net, 2019)
Cell phone apps are one reason behind the increase of distracted driving, as apps like Snapchat record the speed of a vehicle, the navigation app Waze rewards drivers for reporting traffic conditions in the moment, and games like Pokemon Go encourages drivers to search for virtual creatures along roads and highways. (New York Times, 2016)
Distracted driving in the US may be under-reported because many state crash-report forms don’t have a field or code for many forms of distraction. (National Safety Council, 2017)
Men are more likely than women to engage in distracting behavior; more than twice as many men watched a video. (Consumer Reports, 2017)
Texting and Driving Accident Statistics
1 out of 3 people text while driving. (Driver Knowledge, 2019)
Texting while driving increases the risk of crashing by 23 times. (NHTSA, 2018)
47 of the 50 US states ban texting while driving, and 15 states ban drivers from hand-held phone use. (FCC, 2017)
Texting increases your chances of rear-ending someone by a multiple of 7. (AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 2018)
While the maximum amount of time a driver can safely divert their attention from the road from is two seconds, it takes a driver five seconds – on average – to send a text message. (TeenSafe, 2018)
Each day, 11 teens die in crashes caused by texting and driving. (TeenSafe, 2018)
82% of American teens have a cell phone. 52% of these teens note that they talk on the phone while driving and 32% text on the road. (TeenSafe, 2018)
61% of drivers say texting is only acceptable if they have a hands-free, voice-activated option; 34% say if it’s an emergency; 24% say never. (Consumer Reports, 2017)
Drunk Driving Statistics 2020
Drunk driving costs the United States $199 billion every year (MADD, 2017)
Alcohol-impaired driving accounts for more than 30% of all driving fatalities each year. (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2017)
Men are nearly twice as likely as women to have been intoxicated behind the wheel or involved in fatal motor vehicle traffic accidents. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016.)
Every day in America, another 30 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes. That’s one person every 48 minutes. (NHTSA, 2018)
Every day about 800 people are injured in a drunk driving crash. (NHTSA, 2017)
The rate of under 21 drunk driving fatalities per 100,000 population has declined 29% over the past decade. (NHTSA, 2017)
About one in three traffic deaths in the United States involve a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. (CDC, 2019)
Every day about 800 people are injured in a drunk-driving crash. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2016)
Every day in America, another 29 people die as a result of drunk-driving crashes. That’s one person every 50 minutes. (National Center for Statistics and Analysis, 2017)
In 2017, among people of ages 16 or older, 21.4 million drove after drinking alcohol. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2017)
Impaired Driving Statistics
After alcohol, marijuana is the drug most often linked to drugged driving. (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2016)
On average, three in five people will be involved in a crash due to impaired driving in their lifetime. (National Center for Statistics and Analysis, 2017)
No distraction rivaled the risk involved with driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol, which multiplied crash rates by 36 times. (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, 2016)
In 2017, among people of ages 16 or older, 12.8 million drove after using illicit drugs. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2017)
The number of alcohol-positive drivers killed in crashes who also tested positive for drugs increased 16% from 2006 to 2016. (Governors Highway Safety Association, 2017 )
Among drug-positive drivers killed in crashes in 2016; 4% tested positive for both marijuana and opioids, 16% for opioids only, 38% for marijuana only, and 42% for other drugs. (Governors Highway Safety Association, 2017)
The percentage of traffic deaths in which at least one driver tested positive for drugs has nearly doubled over a decade. (USA Today, 2016)
Fatigued Driving Statistics
35% of U.S. drivers sleep less than the recommended seven hours daily. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016)
Drivers who decide to drive sleep deprived are responsible for more than 6,400 U.S. deaths annually. (National Sleep Foundation, 2018)
Being awake for 18 hours straight makes you drive like you have a blood alcohol level of .05. (National Sleep Foundation, 2018)
Drivers missing 2-3 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period more than quadrupled their risk of a crash compared to drivers getting the recommended seven hours of sleep. (AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 2016)
If a driver falls asleep for just four seconds while travelling at a speed of 100 km/h the car will have gone 111 metres without a driver in control. (Transport Accident Commission, 2018)
Driving while sleepy is associated with being approximately two-and-a-half times as likely to have a motor vehicle accident. (Sleep, Journal of the Sleep Research Society, 2017)
Men (17%) are three times as likely as women (5%) to say they have fallen asleep at the wheel. (AA-Populus motoring panel survey, 2018)
Drivers who miss between one to two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk for a crash. (AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 2016)
While 97% of drivers view drowsy driving as a completely unacceptable behavior that is a serious threat to their safety, nearly one in three admit that at least once in the past month they drove when they were so tired they had a hard time keeping their eyes open. (AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 2016)
9.5% of all crashes involved drowsy drivers, based on the portion of time the drivers’ eyes were closed in the minutes before a crash. The portion grows to 10.8% in more severe crashes. (AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 2016)
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See what role truck, buses and taxis play in our lives.
Trucking Statistics
About 130,000 individuals are injured each year in truck collisions. (TruckAccidents.org, 2019)
The average age of a trucker is 49. (Business Insider, 2016)
3,864 US fatal crashes involved trucks over 10,000 lbs. (FMCSA, 2016)
4317 people were killed in accidents involving large trucks in the US. (FMCSA, 2016)
Approximately 61% of all fatal US crashes involving large trucks occurred in rural areas, 27% occurred on Interstate highways, and 15% fell into both categories by occurring on rural Interstate highways. (FMCSA, 2016)
37% of all fatal crashes, 23% of all injury crashes, and 20% of all property-damage-only crashes involving large trucks occurred at night (6:00 pm to 6:00 am). (FMCSA, 2016)
84% of fatal crashes and 88% of nonfatal crashes involving large trucks occurred on weekdays (Monday through Friday). (FMCSA, 2016)
27% of US work zone fatal crashes and 8% of work zone injury crashes involved at least one large truck. (FMCSA, 2016)
Hazardous materials cargo was present on 4% of the large trucks involved in fatal US crashes and 2% of those in nonfatal crashes. (FMCSA, 2016)
There are 3.5 million truck drivers in the US., of those, 5.8% (just over 200,000) are women. (Business Insider, 2016)
80% of all cargo in America is transported by the trucking industry, four times as much as air (8%), pipeline (6%), rail (4%), and water (2%) combined. Business Insider, 2016
Truck drivers log 432 billion miles annually. (Business Insider, 2016)
Truck drivers work 70 hours in an 8-day work week before getting a day off vs. 47 hours per week for an average American. (Business Insider, 2016)
US trucking consumes 54 billions gallons of fuel per year. (Business Insider, 2016)
Truck driver is the most-common occupation in 29 states. (Business Insider, 2016)
In 2017, the average annual pay for a US truck driver was $42,480 per year. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018)
Busing Statistics
Every school bus on the road eliminates approximately 36 cars. (American Schoolbus Council, 2019)
Total annual car mileage saved by students riding school buses is 62,399,998,800. (American Schoolbus Council, 2019)
The number of cars needed to transport students currently riding on all school buses in the U.S. is 17,333,333. (American Schoolbus Council, 2019)
Students are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely when taking a school bus instead of traveling by car. (NHTSA, 2019)
Some 480,000 school buses carry 25 million children — more than half of America’s schoolchildren — each day, making the school bus industry the largest form of mass transit in the United States. (American Schoolbus Council, 2019)
Almost 1/3 of those who died taking the bus to school – were killed while they were approaching or leaving the bus. (NHTSA, 2016)
Although four to six school-age children die each year on school transportation vehicles, that’s less than 1% of all traffic fatalities nationwide. (NHTSA, 2019)
As of 2016, there are approximately 687,200 U.S. employed bus drivers. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017)
Taxis/Ridesharing/Limosine Statistics
Taxi drivers suffer the highest murder rate of any occupation. (CBS News, 2019)
The median annual wage for taxi drivers, ride-hailing drivers, and chauffeurs was $24,880 in May 2017. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017)
About 1 in 4 US taxi drivers, ride-hailing drivers, and chauffeurs worked part time in 2016. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017)
There are 3 million Uber drivers worldwide. Of these drivers, 750,000 are based in the US, with the remaining 2.25 million spread over the rest of the world. (Uber, 2018)
In the U.S., the average taxi logs 70,000 miles each year. (New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission, 2018)
The average salary for a US professional taxi driver is $35,000. (Salary.com, 2019)
The majority of Uber drivers use the platform to supplement their main source of income. Nearly 50% make less than $99 per month, and 84% make less than $500. A mere 2% on the other hand make more than $1,500, and none break the $2,000-mark. (Earnest, 2017)
Vehicle Safety Statistics
Learn how various automotive safety equipment, such as searbelts and airbags, saves lives.
Seatbelts Statistics
People not wearing a seatbelt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from the vehicle during a crash. (Driver Knowledge, 2019)
Men are 10% less likely to wear seat belts than women. (Virtual Drive, 2019)
Adults aged 18-34 are less likely to wear seat belts than those 35 or older. (Virtual Drive, 2019)
With 45% to 60% effectiveness, seat belts are the single most effective means of reducing the risk of death in a crash and have saved nearly 300,000 lives since 1975 in the U.S. alone. (AAA, 2019)
Seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,668 lives in the US. (NCSA, 2016)
The national use rate of seat belts in the US is at 90.1%. (NHTSA, 2018)
48% of passenger vehicle occupants killed in the US were unrestrained. (NHTSA, 2016)
Among 2016 passenger vehicle occupant fatalities where restraint use was known, the 13-to-15 age group had the highest percentage of unrestrained occupants (62%), followed by the 25-to-34 and 21-to-24 age groups, at 59% and 58% unrestrained, respectively. (NHTSA, 2017)
When restraint use was known, 52% of male fatalities and 40% of female fatalities were unrestrained. (NHTSA, 2017)
Among killed passenger vehicle occupants with known restraint use, 47% of those in the front row and 57% of those in the second row of seats were unrestrained. (NHTSA, 2017)
Restraint use differed by vehicle type: 60% of drivers of pickup trucks, 53% of SUV drivers, 42% of passenger car drivers, and 37% of van drivers who were killed were unrestrained. (NHTSA, 2017)
Airbags Statistics
The fatality-reducing effectiveness for airbags is 14% when no seatbelt is used and 11% when a seatbelt is used in conjunction with airbags. Side airbags, which protect the head, chest and abdomen, reduce driver deaths by an estimated 37%. (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2019)
Airbags are 14% effective in preventing fatalities. (Automobile Magazine, 2016)
In 2016, an estimated 2,756 lives were saved due to the use of frontal airbags in passenger cars. (Statista, 2019)
From 1987 to 2015, frontal air bags saved 44,869 lives in the US. (NHTSA, 2016)
Studies indicate that there may be a correlation between height, weight and driver injuries from airbags. Shorter (under 160cms) and lighter (under 55kgs) drivers who sit closer to the steering wheel suffer more injuries from airbags. (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, 2017)
In general, European airbags hold 35 litres of gas propellant and fully inflate within 25 milliseconds, which means that they have to expand at anything up to 160 mph. American air bags, usually holding 60 litres of gas, have to inflate even faster. (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, 2017)
Other Vehicle Safety Equipment Statistics
Systems with automatic braking reduce rear-end crashes by about 40% on average, while forward collision warning alone cuts them by 23%. (IIHS, 2016)
The analyses show that forward collision warning alone reduces rear-end crashes by 23%, while forward collision warning with autobrake reduces them by 39%. (IIHS, 2016)
The rate of rear-end crashes with injuries decreases by 42% with forward collision warning with autobrake. (IIHS, 2016)
Vehicle owners found lane departure warning more annoying than other crash avoidance technologies. (IIHS, 2016)
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