Transportation Safety

transportation safety

Motor vehicle crashes are a public health concern both in the United States and abroad. In the United States, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death, and kill over 100 people every day. However, motor vehicle crash injuries and deaths are preventable. There are proven strategies that can help prevent these injuries and deaths. Whether you are a driver, passenger, cyclist, or pedestrian, you can take steps to stay safe on the road.


In 2020, almost 41,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the United States. That is more than 110 people killed in crashes every day.

2.1 Million

There were over 2.1 million emergency department visits for injuries from motor vehicle crashes in 2020.

$430 Billion

Deaths from crashes in 2020 resulted in over $430 billion in total costs—including medical costs and cost estimates for lives lost.

Screenshot of PDF with transportation safety statistics

Use this At-a-Glance document to see how CDC surveillance, research, and evaluation help keep everyone safe on the road.