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PennDOT 2018 Crash Report Released
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has released its 2018 Pennsylvania Crash Facts & Statistics report, revealing the second lowest fatality rate recorded since the department started keeping records in 1935. The rate, 1.17 fatalities per hundred million vehicle-miles of travel, shows a promising trend but 2018 statistics still include a number of crashes, injuries and fatalities.
- There were 128,420 reportable traffic crashes, the fourteenth lowest total since 1950.
- Crashes claimed the lives of 1,190 people and injured another 78,219 individuals.
- There were 352 reportable crashes daily or about 15 per hour.
- There was an average of one fatality from a traffic crash every 7 hours.
- There was an average of nine injuries from a traffic crash every hour.
- One out of every 44 Pennsylvanians was involved in a reportable traffic crash.
- Total reported crashes increased by 0.2% from 2017 to 2018.
- Fatalities increased by 4.7% from 2017 to 2018.
- Total injuries decreased by 3% from 2017 to 2018.
The report breaks out the data in interesting ways, such as who was involved (by gender and age), the types of vehicles, which days of the week and hours of the day had the most crashes, and crashes involving alcohol. There’s also a section on seat belts, child safety seats and air bags in crashes. If you’d like to find out more, you can create your own custom searches with the Pennsylvania Crash Information Tool.
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