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Motor Vehicle Safety

Crash Deaths

In the United States about 90 people die each day from motor vehicle crashes, resulting in the highest death rate among 19 high-income comparison countries.

July 6, 2016

Trucker safety - using a seat belt matters - infographic

Truck Crashes

Using a seatbelt is the single most effective intervention to prevent truck drivers from being injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash. According to a new CDC Vital Signs report, more than 1 in 3 truck drivers who died in crashes in 2012 were not buckled up, a decision which could have prevented approximately 40% of these deaths.

March 3, 2015

Costs of Car Crash Injuries

More than 2.5 million people in the U.S.—nearly 7,000 each day—went to the emergency department because of motor vehicle crash injuries in 2012, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report. Not only do these injuries occur frequently, they are extremely costly to individuals, employers, the healthcare system, and society.

October 7, 2014

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System 2013 results

Latest CDC teen behavior survey finds less cigarette smoking, fewer fights, too much texting and driving

National, state, and large urban school district surveys are conducted every two years among high school students throughout the United States. The 2013 YRBSS report includes National YRBS data and data from surveys conducted in 42 states and 21 large urban school districts.

June 12, 2014

buckling an infant into a safety seat

Child Passenger Safety

Research has shown that using age- and size-appropriate child restraints (car seats, booster seats, and seat belts) is the best way to save lives and reduce injuries in a crash, yet only 2 out of every 100 children live in states that require car seat or booster seat use for children age 8 and under.

February 4, 2014

Mobile device use while driving more common in the U.S. than in several European countries.

According to a CDC study, talking on the phone, texting, and reading email behind the wheel are reportedly more common behaviors in the United States than Europe.

March 14, 2013

teen drinking and driving chart, showing decrease in the percentage of high school teens who drink and drive has decreased by 54% between 1991 and 2011

CDC study shows 54 percent decrease in teen drinking and driving since 1991

The percentage of teens in high school (aged 16 or older) who drove when they had been drinking alcohol decreased by 54 percent between 1991 and 2011, according to a recent Vital Signs study. Nine out of 10 high school teens were not drinking and driving during 2011, the study reported.

October 2, 2012