Preliminary Estimates

Motor vehicle deaths decreased 1% in 2018 from revised 2017 estimates.

Motor vehicle deaths in 2018 totaled 40,000. This figure is down 1% from the final 2017 count. The 2018 fatality estimate is also down 1% from the final 2016 count. The estimated annual population death rate is 12.19 deaths per 100,000 population, down 1% from the 2017 rate. The estimated annual mileage death rate is 1.24 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles travelled, down 1% from the 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 in 2018 was 4,560,000. This represents a 1% decrease from 2017.

The estimated cost of motor vehicle deaths, injuries and property damage in 2018 was $412.8 billion.

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 several months following the release of the preliminary estimate with new state provided fatality counts. 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 40,100 was revised in September 2018 to 40,000.

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