The number of people killed in motor vehicle crashes has been falling. The 2011 toll was the lowest recorded since 1949, when 30,246 crash deaths occurred. The U.S. Department of Transportation has collected detailed fatality data since 1975.
Fatality rates per population and per mile traveled have dropped even more rapidly. The crash death rate per population has fallen by half since 1975, while the fatality rate per 100 million miles traveled went from 3.35 in 1975 to an all-time low of 1.1 in 2011.
More men than women die in motor vehicle crashes. Men typically drive more miles than women and are more likely to engage in risky practices.
Motor vehicle crash deaths and deaths per 100,000 people, 1975-2011