NHTSA Publishes Reported Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes in 2018

Date: December 3, 2019

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a record of all police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2018 and found that there was a “statistically significant increase” compared to reports in 2017.

According to the document released last week, there were about 6,734,000 police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes in the U.S.; a 4.4 percent increase from crashes in 2017. There was an estimated total of 6,453,000 crashes that year.

Of the crashes reported in 2018, less than one percent, or 33,654 reports, were fatal crashes. There were 1,894,000 injury crashes, making up 28 percent of the estimate and 71 percent, or 4,807,000 reports, were “property damage only” crashes.

“The year 2018 is the third year of data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from the recently modernized Crash Report Sampling System (CRSS) – a replacement of the National Automotive Sampling System General Estimates System (NASS GES),” the report states. “CRSS is designed to select a more efficient and flexible sample using updated traffic and demographic information.”

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