What were the most common types of accidents in 2018? What does the data tell us about crash risk? 2018 was a deadly year for drivers, and a total of 36,560 people lost their lives in auto accidents last year. Understanding the types of vehicles and the causes of these crashes can help motorists proactively reduce the risk to themselves and their passengers from the most common types of damages.
Motor Vehicle Deaths in 2018
Data from the Institute for Highway Safety shows that there were 46,560 motor vehicle accident deaths in 2018. Of these, 22,891 were passenger vehicle occupants. While this was 25% fewer than the number who died in 1975, it was an 8% increase over the 21,131 who died in 2014 when the number of passenger vehicle fatalities began to rise following nearly 12 years of declining passenger vehicle deaths. Of those who died, 13,138 were car occupants, 5,025 were passengers in SUVs, and 4,369 were passengers in pickups. In all, 17,171 drivers of passenger vehicles died, which was a 3% decrease from 2017. Of these, 9,789 were driving cars, 3,542 were driving pickups, and 3,612 were driving SUVs.
Point of Impact
For single-vehicle accidents, frontal collisions were deadliest for car occupants and claimed 7,433 lives. Frontal accidents killed 2,493 pickup occupants and 2,784 SUV occupants. This was followed by side-impact accidents that claimed 3,568 car occupant lives, 807 lives of pickup occupants, and 930 lives of SUV occupants. Other accidents, including rollover accidents, claimed 3,299 lives. Of these, 1,303 were in passenger cars, 896 were in pickups, and 1,035 were in SUVs.
In multi-vehicle accidents, 4,577 car occupants died in frontal collisions, followed by 1,475 in SUV's, and 1,223 in pickup trucks. A total of 2,616 car occupants died in side-impact collisions, followed by 632 in SUV's, and 503 in pickups.
Risk by Demographic
75% of passenger vehicle occupants who died were drivers, of whom 71% were men. At most significant risk for men, 1,494 individuals between the ages of 20-24 died, followed by 1,360 between the ages of 25-29, and 1,837 who were over 70. Those at the highest risk for women, 570 between the ages of 20-24 died, while 510 were aged 25-29, and 905 were over 70.
Using the Data to Stay Safe
Drivers in "high risk" demographics can reduce their risk by adjusting their driving behaviors. Slowing down, avoiding distractions, not driving while drowsy, and not driving under the influence goes a long way toward mitigating the dangers of driving. For drivers over the age of 70, it also means knowing when to hand the keys over to friends and family, and relinquish their driving privileges.
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