Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) Encyclopedia

Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) Encyclopedia – http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/Main/index.aspx

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • How many people were killed by legally drunk drivers in 2010?
  • How many people have been killed in motorcycle accidents since 1994?
  • Are women likelier to be involved in alcohol-related car crashes?


Detailed accident statistics since 1994. Includes stats on accidents per miles driven. Trends section has detailed alcohol involved accident statistics based on blood alcohol level. Vehicles section offers statistics by type of manuver (i.e. U-turns, etc). People section provides information on age of victim, weather conditions, construction areas and more.

This site will be useful when quoting statistics or determining risks relative to other transportation modes.


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