Transportation Safety Facts - 2009 Data   [open pdf - 927KB]

"A passenger vehicle is a motor vehicle weighing less than 10,000 pounds and includes passenger cars, and light trucks (pickup trucks, vans, SUVs, and other light trucks). Passenger vehicles make up over 90 percent of the fleet of registered vehicles, and account for nearly 90 percent of total vehicle miles traveled (VMT). In 2009 there were an estimated 9,640,000 vehicles involved in police-reported crashes, 95 percent (9,161,000) of which were passenger vehicles. There were 45,435 vehicles involved in fatal crashes, of which 80 percent (36,252) were passenger vehicles. More than 23,000 passenger vehicle occupants lost their lives in traffic crashes in 2009, and an estimated 1.97 million were injured. From 2000 to 2009, passenger vehicle registrations increased 17 percent overall. Light trucks (LTVs) experienced a 34-percent increase in registrations, while passenger cars had an increase of only 7 percent (see Figure 1). Among the light truck categories, pickup truck registrations increased 16 percent and van registrations increased 2 percent; however, SUV registrations increased by 100 percent"

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