Car Crash Statistics
Since 1996, American car owners have reported 40,775 car crashes to the U.S. Department of Transportation for vehicles built by the 31 automakers that we track. The car crashes that we study in this article are results of car problems. Table 1 shows the most common car problems that caused the crashes since year 1996. Table 2 shows the number of car crashes reported each year due to these car problems. Table 3 shows the number of car crashes by production year.
Common causes of car crashes
Table 1 shows the most common car problems that caused car crashes. The number one cause of car crashes is due to the failure of the air bags. The next two leading causes of car crashes are related to the problems of vehicle speed control and hydraulic service brakes, respectively.
|Car Problem Category||Number of Car Crashes|
|Vehicle Speed Control||5867|
|Hydraulic Service Brakes||5368|
|Engine And Engine Cooling||949|
|Unknown Or Other||507|
|Gasoline Fuel System||336|
|Air Service Brakes||235|
|Electronic Stability Control||123|
|Other Fuel System||87|
|Traction Control System||56|
|Diesel Fuel System||8|
|Hybrid Propulsion System||2|
Total number of car crashes by year
Table 2 shows the number of crashes reported each year since 1996. Year 2010 had the most crashes reported (3,765 crashes) and year 1996 had the least crashes with 619 crashes reported.
|Calendar Year||Number of car Crashes|
Total number of car crashes by model year
Table 3 shows the number of crashes reported for vehicles manufactured from year 1996 to 2012. Cars made in year 2000 had the most crashes with 4,201 crashes reported and cars produced in year 2011 (current year is excluded) had the least crashes with 389 crashes reported.
|Production Year||Number of Crashes|