Tens of thousands of individuals in Pennsylvania and across the nation die in car accidents every year. Fatal car accidents often include other non-fatal injuries and can result in the requirement of extensive or long-term care.
The Polk Company's National Vehicle Population Profile and the U.S. Department of Transportation's Fatality Analysis Reporting System have kept extensive data on crashes that occurred between 1975 and 2012. During that time, the number of deaths involving passenger cars declined by 49 percent. However, accidents involving SUVs resulted in nine times more deaths than accidents involving smaller passenger cars. The number of deaths resulting from pickup truck accidents rose by 18 percent and was still higher in 2012 than fatalities resulting from smaller car accidents.