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 are the leading cause of death for children age 4 and the second leading cause of death for age 3 and every age 5-14 in 2013.

  • An average of 3 children 14 and younger were killed and 470 were injured every day in the United States in traffic crashes. (NHTSA)
  • 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 2013, 4,735 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States.  (NHTSA)
  • On average, a pedestrian was killed every 2 hours and injured every 8 minutes in a traffic crash.
  • There were 66,000 pedestrians injured in traffic crashes in 2013. 


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

A total of 726 pedalcyclists were killed and an estimated 49,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2012. The 14-and-younger age group accounted for 8 percent (58) of those fatalities and 18 percent (9,000) were injured. (NHTSA)

Distracted Driving:

Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America's roadways.

At any given daylight moment across America, approximatelyn 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010. (NOPUS -NHTSA)

In 2012 alone, 3,328 were killed in distracted driving crashes.  An estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, this was a 9 percent increase from the estimated 387,000 injured in 2011. (NHTSA)

  • 10% of drivers of all ages under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.  Drivers in their 20's make up 27% of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes.
  • 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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