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Pennsylvania car crash stats reveal 1,137 deaths

With more than 120,000 miles of roads, Pennsylvanians have no shortage of opportunities for automobile accidents. However, recent statistics show the 2017 traffic fatality rate was the lowest since the commonwealth started keeping records in 1935.

In a recent publication, Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation found that there were 1.12 fatalities per 100 million road miles.

The report also shows that in 2017, there was an average of 351 reported crashes each day, 221 injuries and three fatalities each day.

One out of 44 people involved in accident

Based on a population of 12.8 million people, one out of every 44 people was involved in a crash, one out of every 159 people was injured in a crash and one out of every 11,263 people was fatally injured in a crash.

There were 117,614 passenger vehicles involved in crashes and 81,716 light trucks, vans or SUVs involved in accidents. There were 3,275 motorcycle accidents, 1,148 bicycle accidents, 569 that involved a commercial bus and 292 that involved a school bus.

Selected county statistics

The last three years saw crashes and fatalities remain stable in western Pennsylvania. A look at accident statistics by county shows:

  • Allegheny – 2015:12,665 2016:12,858 2017: 12,470
  • Fayette – 2015:1,237 2016:1,134 2017: 1,247
  • Greene – 2015:387 2016:370 2017: 344
  • Washington – 2015:1,925 2016:2,036 2017: 1,926
  • Westmoreland – 2015:3,318 2016:3,288 2017: 3,254
  • State – 2015:127,127 2016:129,395 2017: 128,188

A look at selected counties fatality statistics shows:

  • Allegheny – 2015: 54 2016: 72 2017: 67
  • Fayette – 2015: 28 2016: 22 2017: 23
  • Greene – 2015: 6 2016: 5 2017: 9
  • Washington – 2015: 23 2016: 22 2017: 27
  • Westmoreland – 2015: 41 2016: 33 2017: 36
  • State – 2015: 1,200 2016: 1,188 2017: 1,137

Statewide, the most dangerous group of drivers was men ages 21 to 25. They accounted for 16,615 accidents, followed by men ages 26 to 30 (14,558 accidents), men 16 to 20 (13,661), women 21 to 25 (12,521) and men 31 to 35 (11,811).

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