Motor Vehicle Injury Data

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

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.

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.

Seatbelts

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