Age Group Comparisons

In 2021, the number of motor-vehicle crash deaths peaked for the 25-44 age group and was lowest for children under 5 years old. The death rate per 100,000 population was highest among people 75 and older and lowest for children 5 to 14 years old.

Age group death rates vary by type of crash. The 15-24 age group experienced the highest death rates in collisions with fixed objects, 6.3 deaths per 100,000 population compared to 3.8 across all age groups.

The 75 and older age group experienced the highest collision between motor vehicles death rate of 11.9, compared to an average death rate of 6.1. Explore other age group trends using the interactive chart by adjusting the crash type filter.

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Source: National Safety Council (NSC) estimates based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) mortality data.