2015 Motor Vehicle Crashes
The Nation lost 35,092 people in crashes on U.S. roadways during 2015, an increase from 32,744 in 2014. The 7.2-percent
increase is the largest percentage increase in nearly 50 years. The largest percentage increase previously was an 8.1-percent
increase from 1965 to 1966. The estimated number of people injured on the Nation’s roads increased in 2015, rising from 2.34
to 2.44 million injured people. Fatalities increased from 2014 to 2015 in almost all segments of the population—passenger
vehicle occupants, passengers of large trucks, pedestrians, pedalcyclists, motorcyclists, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities,
male/female, daytime/nighttime. Fatalities of drivers of large trucks was one of the few groups that remained
unchanged. The estimated number of police-reported crashes increased by 3.8 percent, from 6.0 to 6.3 million.