Years Available
1975 to present
Mode of Collection
Census:Data are abstracted from official state records and sent to DOT.
The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) contains data from a census of fatal traffic crashes within the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. To be included in FARS, a crash must involve a motor vehicle traveling on a trafficway customarily open to the public and must result in the death of at least one person (occupant of a vehicle or a non-motorist) within 30 days of the crash. FARS was developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (DOT, NHTSA) in 1975 to provide an overall measure of highway safety, to help identify traffic safety problems, and to help provide an objective basis to evaluate the effectiveness of motor vehicle safety standards and highway safety programs.
Population Covered
The U.S. population.