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Motor Vehicle Injuries

Photo: Fastening a seatbelt.

Motor vehicle-related injuries are a leading cause of death for people in the United States. Worldwide, road traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 29. CDC is using science to better understand this problem and develop programs and policies that will change behavior to keep drivers, passengers, bicyclists, and pedestrians safe on the road every day.CDC has identified motor vehicle injury prevention as a Winnable Battle. With additional effort and support for evidence-based, cost-effective strategies that we can implement now, we will have a significant impact on our nation’s health.

The Motor Vehicle Injuries Winnable Battle materials below provide a snapshot of the context and background for this priority area, as well as descriptions of some of the systems, policy, and programmatic interventions pursued by CDC and our public health partners at the federal, state and local levels.

Improve motor vehicle safetyProgress Report [PDF – 119 KB]
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among Americans ages 1-54.

Motor Vehicle Injuries Overview Materials:

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