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Deaths and Injuries On the Road: 2001

42,900 people died in car accidents in 2001.
There is a death caused by a motor vehicle crash every 12 minutes; there is a disabling injury every 14 seconds.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages 1 to 33.
The age groups most affected by motor vehicle crashes are 15-24 and 75+.
There were an estimated 5,800 pedestrian deaths and 90,000 injuries.
Walking in the roadway accounted for only 9% of all pedestrian deaths and injuries.
About 3 in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related traffic accident at some time in their lives.
Bicycling resulted in about 800 deaths in collisions with motor vehicles.
SUV accidents accounted for only 3% of all accidents but 3 times that rate of fatalities because of rollover accidents.

Car Crash Death Trends

Motor vehicle-related deaths increased 1% from 2000 to 2001 and also increased 1% from 1999. The 2001 mileage death rate of 1.54 was down 1% from 2000 and the lowest rate on record. (Mileage death rate: the number of fatalities per 100 million vehicle-miles of travel).

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