Age Group Comparisons

In 2017, the number of motor-vehicle crash deaths peaked for the 25-to-44 age group and was lowest for children under 5 years old. The death rate per 100,000 population was highest for the 75-and-older age group and lowest for children 5 to 14 years old.

Age-group death rates vary by type of crash. The 15- to 24-year-old group experienced the highest death rates in collisions with fixed objects, 5.8 deaths per 100,000 population compared to 3.4 across all age groups.

The 75-and-older age group experienced the highest pedestrian crash death rate of 3.9, compared to an average death rate of 2.3. Explore other age-group trends using the interactive chart by adjusting the crash type filter.

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Source: National Safety Council 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.