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2018 Appears to Follow Last Year's Fatal Car Crash Trend

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October 4, 2018—Fatal car crashes fell 2 percent in 2017 and 2018 appears to follow that pattern, reported Insurance Journal.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 37,133 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2017, a decrease of almost 2 percent from 2016. The full 2017 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data set reveals other numbers:

  • Pedestrian fatalities declined about 2 percent, the first decline since 2013;
  • For the second year in a row, more fatalities occurred in urban areas than rural areas;
  • Combination trucks involved in fatal crashes increased 5.8 percent;
  • Vehicle miles traveled (VMT) increased by 1.2 percent from 2016 to 2017; and
  • The fatality rate per 100 million VMT decreased by 2.5 percent, from 1.19 in 2016 to 1.16 in 2017.

According to Insurance Journal, the 1.8-percent decrease from 2016 to 2017 compares to the 6.5-percent increase from 2015 to 2016 and the 8.4-percent increase from 2014 and 2015.

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