2018-06-27 National Governors Association

Traffic Fatality and Injury Prevention

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the U.S. In 2016, there were 37,461 traffic-related deaths, with 2017 estimates just as astounding. These rates follow the record number of traffic fatalities in 2015, which marked the highest number of traffic fatalities since 2008. Nonfatal injuries are also of major concern. In 2016, there were an estimated 4.6 million medically consulted motor vehicle injuries. Given the impacts these fatalities and serious injuries have had on individuals, families and communities, traffic safety is a major issue for governors. The NGA Center assists states with improving traffic safety by identifying public safety, health and transportation strategies to reduce traffic-related injuries and fatalities.

National Governors Association

Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the nonpartisan organization of the nation’s 55 governors. Through NGA, governors share best practices, address issues of national and state interest and share innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism.