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Data Profile: Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)
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Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)
In order to improve traffic safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) created the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) in 1975. The FARS database contains information on all fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States.

To be included in FARS, a crash must involve a motor vehicle traveling on a traffic way customarily open to the public and result in the death of a person (either an occupant of a vehicle or a non-motorist) within 30 days of the crash. The FARS file contains descriptions of each fatal crash reported. Each case has more than 100 coded data elements that characterize the crash, the vehicles, and the people involved.

Data on fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes are gathered from each state's source documents and are coded on standard FARS forms. FARS forms generally include some or all of the following: police accident reports (PARS), state vehicle registration files, state driver licensing files, state highway department data, vital statistics, death certificates, coroner/medical examiner reports, hospital medical records, and emergency medical service reports.

NHTSA's data download and query system for FARS can be accessed at
FARS contains data on all fatal traffic crashes within the 50 States and the District of Columbia.
First Year1991
Last Year2001
  • Usually available around Memorial Day.
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   Related Links
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts Annual Reports
National Center for Health Statistics
National Safety Council
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Data Provider AgencyNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Data Provider OfficeNational Center for Statistics and Analysis
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