Motor Vehicle Injury Data

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people age 5-34. (more) Every 12 minutes: someone dies in a car crash in the US. Every 10 seconds: someone is injured in a car crash in the US. The cost is an estimated $99 billion per year. (more)

  • 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

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Overall Compared to United States, 2005-2009

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

Fatalities

Non-Fatal Injuries

By Age Group

  • 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.

Fatalities, 2005 - 2009 Average

Non-Fatal Injuries, 2009

By Sex, Rhode Island

  • Males are more likely than females to die in a motor vehicle crash.
  • Females are more likely to go to an emergency room after a motor vehicle crash than males.

Fatalities

Non-Fatal Injuries

Note: The Rhode Island Emergency Department Data counts every emergency department visit as a unique event. The WISQARS data uses a sampling survey method of 500,000 emergency department visits annually to calcultate rates. Rates based on fewer than 10 deaths have been suppressed. Injury was listed as the primary reason for emergency department visit or death.

Seatbelts

  • 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.
  • Percent Fatalities in Crashes by Seatbelt Usage

    Seatbelt Usage Trends

    • Rhode Island seatbelt usage is consistently less than the national average

    Primary Law States Compared to Others