Personal Injury

Fatal Car Crash Data for 2016 Released by USDOT

Chandler | Conway

Chandler | Conway

Friday November 17, 2017

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently posted the statistics provided by the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) regarding fatal car accidents in 2016.  Unfortunately, deaths resulting from motor vehicle accidents are up 5.6% from the previous year.  Surprisingly, however, car accident deaths related to distracted driving actually decreased over 2% as compared to 2015.

Below is a snapshot of the information posted by NHTSA using the data provided by the USDOT.  Read the entire post, along with links to both the USDOT’s Quick Facts and 2016 Fatal Traffic Crash Data.

The 2016 national data shows that:

  • Distraction-related deaths (3,450 fatalities) decreased by 2.2 percent;
  • Drowsy-driving deaths (803 fatalities) decreased by 3.5 percent;
  • Drunk-driving deaths (10,497 fatalities) increased by 1.7 per­cent;
  • Speeding-related deaths (10,111 fatalities) increased by 4.0 percent;
  • Unbelted deaths (10,428 fatalities) increased by 4.6 percent;
  • Motorcyclist deaths (5,286 fatalities – the largest number of motorcyclist fatalities since 2008) increased by 5.1 percent;
  • Pedestrian deaths (5,987 fatalities – the highest number since 1990) increased by 9.0 percent; and
  • Bicyclist deaths (840 fatalities – the highest number since 1991) increased by 1.3 percent.

USDOT Releases 2016 Fatal Traffic Crash Data October 6, 2017 Retrieved from

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