Preliminary Estimates

Motor vehicle deaths decreased less than 0.5% in the first six months of 2018 from revised 2017 estimates.

Motor vehicle deaths for January through June 2018 totaled 18,720. This figure is down less than 0.5% from revised estimates from the corresponding period in 2017. The January through June figure for 2018 was down 1% from the final 2016 estimate. The estimated annual population death rate is 12.2 deaths per 100,000 population, down 1% from the preliminary 2017 rate. The estimated annual mileage death rate is 1.2 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles travelled, unchanged from the preliminary 2017 rate.

A medically consulted injury is an injury serious enough that a medical professional was consulted. Based on the current medically consulted injury-to-death ratio of 114:1, and rounded to the nearest hundred, the estimated number of nonfatal medically consulted injuries resulting from crashes during the first half of this year was 2,134,000. This represents a 1% decrease from 2017.

The estimated cost of motor vehicle deaths, injuries and property damage through June was $193.2 billion, a 1% decrease from 2017.

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reports the official mortality estimates for the United States and is used as a comparison to judge the accuracy of NSC preliminary estimates. The publication of NCHS final mortality estimates generally lags about one year. All of NSC preliminary estimates are updated a few months following the end of each year. For this comparison, both NSC first and revised estimates are displayed in the chart. For example, the first estimate displayed on the chart for 2017 of 18,680 was revised on February 15, 2018 to 18,770.

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