Research has shown that more than 90 percent of fatal traffic crashes involve human error. Motor vehicle crashes in 2017 killed 37,133 people, including 5,977 pedestrians and 783 bicyclists, and injured nearly 3 million adults and children.
The annual economic cost of motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. is over $240 billion. It is impossible to quantify the true scope of the human tragedy of all the lives lost and those forever altered due to serious injury.
Behavioral changes and vehicle safety innovations are the keys to reducing traffic crash fatalities and injuries. For several decades there has been relentless effort by government, safety advocates and vehicle manufacturers to make people safer drivers and to produce safer vehicles.
The results have been very positive: Traffic fatalities have declined 32 percent since 1972, despite the 153 percent increase in vehicle miles traveled since that time.