The Top 5 Causes for Fatal Crashes in the U.S. Involving Automobiles and Motorcycles

  Cause Number of Deaths Percentage of Total Deaths
1 Driving too fast for conditions or in excess of posted speed limit 9,080 20.8%
2 Under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medication 6,042 13.8%
3 Failure to keep in proper lane 4,039 9.2%
4 Failure to yield right of way 3,148 7.2%
5 Distracted driving
(phone, talking, eating, object, etc.)
3,085 7.1%
Tags: Death Statistics, The United States, Traffic Accident Statistics, Crime & Punishment Statistics

Sources:  U.S. Department of Transport: Fatality Analysis Reporting System General Estimates System 2011 Data Summary.

List Notes: Data is for the year 2011 which is the latest available data as of April 2014. The data used to make this list comes from The Fatality Analysis Reporting System and the General Estimates System. The 2011 FARS data file used for the statistics in this report was created in August 2012, the 2011 GES file used for the statistics in this report was completed in September 2012. Note: The sum of the numbers and percentages is greater than total drivers as more than one factor may be present for the same driver.
Causes for Fatal Crashes in the U.S. Involving Automobiles and Motorcycles
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