Preliminary Semiannual Estimates

The first National Safety Council (NSC) estimate of total motor-vehicle deaths in 2019 was 38,800, down 2% from the final 2018 total of 39,404. The figure for 2019 was down 4% from the final 2017 total of 40,231. The estimated annual population death rate is 11.8 deaths per 100,000 population, down 2% from the 2018 rate. The estimated annual mileage death rate is 1.2 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, stable from the revised 2018 rate. Estimated annual vehicle miles traveled for 2019, based on data through November, indicate about a 1% increase to about 3,269 billion. This increase was similar to the increase observed in annual vehicle mileage from 2017 to 2018. 

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 thousand, the estimated number of nonfatal medically consulted injuries resulting from crashes during 2019 was 4,423,000. This represents a 2% decrease from 2018.

The estimated cost of motor-vehicle deaths, injuries, and property damage in 2018 through June was $400.4 billion, a 3% decrease from 2018.

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 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 2018 of 40,000 was revised on October 23, 2019 and remained the same at 40,000.

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