Source: NHTSA, July 2016

The U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the latest statistical findings in their July, 2016 newsletter. According to the findings, In 2014, for the sixth consecutive year, motor vehicle traffic crashes were not among the top 10 causes of death in the United States. Motor vehicle crashes were the 13th leading cause of death from 2012 to 2014.

When ranked by age, motor vehicle traffic crashes were the number one cause of death among people 16 to 24 years old for each year 2012 to 2014. Motor vehicle crashes were also the number one leading cause of death for 11-year-old children in 2014, as well as for 4-year-old children in 2013. Similarly, motor vehicle traffic crashes were the number one leading cause of death for 13-year-olds and those 16 to 25 in 2012. This continued drop in the rank of motor vehicle traffic crashes as a leading cause of death can be attributed to the 25-percent decline in traffic fatalities over the last decade. Nevertheless, despite this drop, motor vehicle traffic crashes continue to be among top 10 leading causes of death among the younger age groups.

Assessing by another measure — the years of life lost, i.e.,the number of years people would have lived had they not died — motor vehicle traffic crashes ranked 7th in 2014,2013, and 2012; as it was ranked in 2011. This reflects the toll that motor vehicle traffic crashes take on the younger population.

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