Fatality statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation show that the most deaths resulting from traffic accidents occur among passenger vehicle occupants. Passenger vehicles are cars, pickup trucks, minivans, SUVs and large passenger vans. Residents of Connecticut might be intrigued to learn that in 2012, 33,561 crash deaths were reported, and 65 percent, or 21,795 people, were occupants of passenger vehicles.
The total number of deaths among passenger vehicle occupants in 2012 was 29 percent fewer than those reported in 1975. Broken down by type of vehicle, 9 percent more fatalities were reported among SUV occupants and 18 percent more were pickup truck occupants, but 49 percent fewer fatalities were car occupants. In the same year, 27 percent of the passenger vehicle occupant deaths were under the age of 25. Among the 9 percent of all deaths that occurred to occupants in the second or third row of the passenger vehicles, 26 percent were under the age of 13.