Approximately 70% of all children killed or injured by motor vehicles are struck within blocks from their own homes.

Speeding is the most common traffic rule violation and contributes to motor vehicle accidents every single day.


Motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for age 11 and every age 16 through 24 in 2014.

  • An average of 3 children 14 and younger were killed and 470 are injured every day in the United States in traffic crashes. (NHTSA)
  • Of the 32,675 motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States, 1,070 (3%) were children, an estimated 167,000 children were injured.
  • Seventy-four percent of the pedestrian fatalities among the 14-and-younger age group occurred at non-intersection locations.


A pedestrian, as defined for this fact sheet, is any person on foot, walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting, or lying down who is involved in a motor vehicle traffic crash.

  • In 2015, 5,376 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States.  (NHTSA)
  • There were 70,000 pedestrians injured in traffic crashes in 2015. 


Pedalcyclists are riders of bicycles (two-wheel non-motorized cycles) and other cycles (tricycles and unicycles) powered solely by pedals. 

A total of 818 pedalcyclists were killed and an estimated 45,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2015. (NHTSA)

Distracted Driving:

Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America's roadways.  3,477 people killed in distraction-affected crashes in 2015. 

  • 272 teens (15 to 19 years old) killed in distraction-affected crashes in 2015 
  • 8% of the people who died in distraction-affected crashes in 2015 were teens 15 to 19 years old.
  • Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
  • Using a cell phone while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver's reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. (Source: University of Utah)
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