NHTSA’s 2013 Crash Data Revelations

The final 2013 crash data was recently published by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).  The data reveals that in California, in 2013, there were 3000 total crash related fatalities, 29% of which involved alcohol-impaired driving.  As compared to 2012, the number of fatal and injury crashes in the United States dipped only slightly, both absolutely and per vehicle mile traveled (VMT).  The relative distribution between rural and urban remained unchanged.  A whopping 49% of passenger vehicle occupant fatalities were unrestrained.  And 41% of motorcyclist fatalities were not helmeted. There were 4,735 pedestrian fatalities in the United States in 2013 (13 per day) and 66,000 pedestrian injuries (181 per day).  The statistics for bicyclists are equally sobering, with 743 killed and 48,000 injured.

NHTSA 2013 Accident Data