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Car Accidents in the United States:
There were an estimated 6,289,000 police-reported crashes in 1999- based on data collected by the Federal Highway Administration. In 1999 the total of vehicle miles traveled was 2,678,748 million which was a 2 percent increase over the previous year. The crash rate was 235 crashes per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.
There were an estimated 3,200,000 people injured in car accidents in 1999, this was a slight increase of 0.3 percent from the 3,192,000 injured in 1998.
- About 41,345 people lost their lives in traffic crashes during 1999, in 1998 there were 41,471 fatalities.
- In 1999, approximately 15,794 fatalities were associated with the presence of alcohol. Alcohol involvement accounted for about 38 percent of the fatalities. However this the lowest rate since record keeping began in 1975.
- Car Accidents are the leading cause of death for people between ages 6 and 27.
- Sixty-three percent of the occupants of passenger vehicles killed in traffic crashes in 1999 were not wearing seat belts.
- There were 534 Traffic deaths of children 0-4 years old in 1999.
- In 1999, 4,695 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States.
- The number of fatalities on roads with posted speed limits of 55 miles per hour (mph) was 23,559. The number of fatalities on roads with posted speed limits less than 55 mph was 17,786.
- In 1999, about 394,000 large trucks (weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds) were involved in traffic crashes in the United States. An estimated total of 5,203 people died (13 percent of all traffic fatalities reported in 1999) and an additional 127,000 were injured in those crashes.
- An estimated 2,537 motorcycle riders died in motorcycle crashes during 1999, an increase of 11 percent from 2,284 motorcycle occupant fatalities that occurred in 1998.
The total economic cost of motor vehicle crashes in 1999 was $150 billion.
Car Accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers in the United States, accounting for 36% of all deaths of persons aged 15 to 19 years.
The fatal crash rate per million miles for 16-year-old drivers is more than 7 times the rate for drivers aged 30 to 59 years.
Nearly the same number of deaths occur among teenaged passengers as teenaged drivers: in 1993, two thirds of the deaths of passengers aged 13 to 19 years occurred when teenagers were driving.
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