Motor Vehicle Crash Data

The risk of motor vehicle crashes associated with on-the-job operation of motor vehicles or exposure to road traffic hazards affects millions of workers in the U.S. It affects all industries and occupations, not just “professional” drivers (e.g., truck and bus drivers). Motor vehicle crashes are consistently the leading cause of worker fatalities, affecting workers who drive all types of motor vehicles during their work day  ̶  passenger cars, heavy trucks, fire apparatus, and many others.

Below are some crash statistics from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries that detail the breakdown of work-related data.

  • In 2015, 1,264 U.S. workers driving or riding in a motor vehicle on a public road died in a work-related crash (26% of all deaths).
  • Another 542 deaths (11% of all deaths) involved workers driving or riding in a motor vehicle away from a public road and pedestrians struck by motor vehicles.
  • For all vehicle-related events, the Transportation and Warehousing industry had the highest share of deaths (30%), followed by Agriculture (14%), Construction (13%) and Wholesale and Retail Trade (8%).
  • Although the majority of vehicles involved in fatal crashes were semi, tractor-trailer, and tanker trucks (37%), pick-up trucks and SUVs together (21%) and passenger vehicles (20%) accounted for similar proportions.


Bureau of Labor Statistics [2016]. Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 2015External.Create customized tables.

Bureau of Labor Statistics [2016]. TABLE A-2. Fatal occupational injuries resulting from transportation incidents and homicides, all United States, 2015.Cdc-excelExternal

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