Motor Vehicle Injury Data

  • Purpose: To monitor the trends in incidence rate of motor vehicle injuries and fatalities.
  • Key Information: Demographics for people who went to an emergency department or died form a motor vehicle crash.
  • Collection Period: From 1999 to present, annually.

Rhode Island Numbers

Overall Compared to United States, 2005-2009

Fatalities

Non-Fatal Injuries

  • The Rhode Island motor vehicle fatality rate is lower the national rate.
  • The Rhode Island injury rate is more variable than the national rate.

By Age Group

Fatalities, 2005 - 2009 Average

Non-Fatal Injuries, 2009

  • The Rhode Island motor vehicle fatality rate is lower than the national rate across all age groups.
  • The Rhode Island injury rate slightly higher than the national rate across all age groups.
  • Young adults (ages 15-24) have the highest rate of motor vehicle fatalities and injuries.

Seatbelts

Percent Fatalities in Crashes by Seatbelt Usage

Seatbelt Usage Trends

Primary Law States Compared to Others

  • Rhode Island seatbelt usage is consistently less than the national average
  • States with a primary seatbelt law, where law officers may pull over and ticket motorists solely because they are not wearing a seat belt, have higher seatbelt usage rates than those without a one.
  • You are more likely to die in a motor vehicle crash if you are not wearing your seatbelt.

Data Table