We’ve heard crash death rates have declined in recent years, but they still remain the leading cause of injury death in the United States and the leading cause of all deaths of young people between 15 and 24 years of age. In fact, 22 percent of those who died in motor vehicle crashes in 2009 were between the ages of 15 and 24. Using available data, researchers looked at the 50 most populous U.S. metropolitan areas and mapped out where most deaths occur.
The overall death rate in these 50 areas is 8.2 per 100,000 residents, compared with the national rate of 11.1. For persons aged 15-24 years, the motor vehicle crash death rate was 13.0 per 100,000 residents for all 50 areas, compared to 17.3 nationwide.
The data will be used to understand how urban development patterns might relate to vehicle crash deaths and to reduce such deaths.