Analysis: The Deadliest Vehicles in the United States

Motor vehicle collisions are a leading cause of death in the United States. From 2016 – 2019 there was an average of over 100 fatalities every day according to NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) data.

We wanted to find out which vehicles are most often involved in fatal crashes, so with the help of 1point21 Interactive, a data visualization and analysis company, we analyzed the most recent full year of data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to determine:

  • Which vehicles makes and models are involved in the most fatalities in the U.S.?
  • What is the deadliest vehicle in each state?

We answer these questions and more below.

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*For our analysis, the term deadliest vehicle is defined as the vehicle involved in the most traffic fatalities.

Quick Analysis:

  • Fatalities by make: Ford, Chevy, Toyota, Honda, and Dodge ranked in the top five fatalities by vehicle make.
  • The Chevy Silverado is the deadliest vehicle in the United States.
  • The top two deadliest vehicles were trucks: The Chevy Silverado was involved in crashes that killed 1,774, with the Ford F150 following closely at 1,539 fatalities.
  • Honda Accord: The deadliest passenger car and third deadliest vehicle is the Honda Accord. The Honda Accord also ranks as the second most popular car in America in an Insurify 2020 study. However, the Insurify study does not take trucks into consideration.
  • Republican vs. Democratic Party: Pickup Trucks were the deadliest vehicle in 76% of red states, while passenger cars were the deadliest vehicle in 66% of blue states (including Washington D.C.). The status of red and blue states was derived according to voting in the 2016 Presidential Election.
  • Female Drivers vs. Male Drivers: Females had the most fatalities driving a Toyota Camry (383) and a Honda Accord (370), with the Chevy Silverado still in the top 10. Males had the most fatalities driving a Chevy Silverado (1,538) and the Ford F150 (1,318) with the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord ranked in the top 10.

Fatalities by Vehicle Make

Ford vehicles were involved in the most fatal collisions, resulting in 7,354 deaths. Chevy (6,975) and Toyota (4,401) rank second and third respectively. Interestingly, Harley-Davidson – a manufacturer that focuses solely on motorcycles – ranks seventh.

RankMakeFatalities
1Ford7354
2Chevrolet6975
3Toyota4401
4Honda3727
5Dodge2699
6Nissan2673
7Harley-Davidson1886
8GMC1564
9Jeep1401
10Hyundai1331

 

Vehicles Involved in Most Fatal Crashes in the U.S.

Vehicles Involved in Most Fatalities in America

The Top 5 Deadliest Cars in America (By Make and Model)

5. Honda Civic

  • States where this vehicle is the deadliest (Total of 7): Connecticut, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, Washington
  • Total # of Fatalities (950)
  • Fatal Crashes involved 318 female drivers and 594 male drivers

4. Toyota Camry

  • States where this vehicle is the deadliest (Total of 1): Massachusetts
  • Total # of Fatalities (965)
  • Fatal Crashes involved 383 female drivers and 538 male drivers

3. Honda Accord:

  • States where this vehicle is the deadliest (Total of 6): California, District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina
  • Total # of Fatalities (1,085)
  • Fatal Crashes involved 370 female drivers and 663 male drivers

2. Ford F150

  • States where this vehicle is the deadliest (Total of 7): Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Utah
  • Total # of Fatalities (1,539)
  • Fatal Crashes involved 161 female drivers and 1,318 male drivers

1. Chevy Silverado

  • States where this vehicle is the deadliest (Total of 26): Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
  • Total # of Fatalities (1,774)
  • Fatal Crashes involved 194 female drivers and 1,538 male drivers

The 100 Deadliest Vehicles in the U.S. By Make and Model

RankMakeModelFatalities
1ChevroletSilverado1774
2FordF1501539
3HondaAccord1085
4ToyotaCamry965
5HondaCivic950
6NissanAltima761
7ToyotaCorolla739
8FordExplorer622
9FordF250594
10DodgeRam 1500560
11ChevroletImpala543
12KenworthConstruction526
13ChevroletMalibu514
14FreightlinerConventional505
15FordRanger498
16FordFocus487
17FreightlinerCascadia 125484
18GmcSierra464
19JeepGrand Cherokee463
20ChevroletTahoe425
21FordMustang416
22FordEscape404
23FordFusion399
24ToyotaTacoma398
25VolvoVN391
26FordF350388
27HyundaiElantra380
28HyundaiSonata376
29HondaCR-V367
30NissanSentra362
31FordTaurus338
32DodgeGrand Caravan323
33ChevroletGmt-400312
34ChevroletTrailblazer307
35Ram1500305
36FordExpedition297
37ChevroletSuburban294
38ChevroletEquinox289
39ToyotaRav4289
40FordEconoline288
41ToyotaTundra280
42DodgeRam 2500280
43ChryslerTown & Country259
44Toyota4Runner259
45ChevroletCruze251
46GmcNew Sierra237
47DodgeCharger235
48NissanMaxima226
49Mack600222
50ChevroletS Truck219
51VolkswagenJetta217
52DodgeDakota215
53ChevroletCobalt214
54HondaOdyssey208
55NissanFrontier205
56ToyotaPrius203
57KiaOptima201
58ToyotaSienna199
59DodgeDurango198
60Peterbilt379195
61NissanRogue189
62JeepCherokee188
63ToyotaHighlander182
64NissanVersa177
65JeepWrangler Unlimited175
66ChevroletCavalier175
67ChevroletCamaro175
68GmcYukon172
69KiaSorento165
70JeepLiberty165
71Mazda3164
72ToyotaAvalon164
73BuickLesabre164
74PontiacG6164
75HondaPilot163
76ChevroletBlazer159
77Chrysler300158
78YamahaYZFR6156
79HyundaiAccent152
80FreightlinerM2151
81FordEdge150
82NissanPathfinder149
83KiaSoul143
84MercuryGrand Marquis142
85Chrysler200139
86GmcEnvoy139
87International4000136
88LexusRX135
89HyundaiSanta Fe134
90SubaruLegacy133
91ChevroletColorado131
92FordCrown Victoria131
93Harley-DavidsonFLHX130
94LexusES129
95PontiacGrand Prix129
96SubaruForester126
97DodgeJourney122
98LincolnTown Car122
99HondaCBR600122
100Ram2500121

The Deadliest Vehicles in Each U.S. State

The Chevy Silverado was involved in the most traffic fatalities in a little over half the states, including Texas. The Ford F150 led the way in seven states including Florida, while the Honda Accord was number one in six states including California.  Pickups, or light trucks, were deadliest in 34 states, while passenger vehicles were number one in 16 states and Washington D.C..  The Ford Explorer was the only SUV to top the list for any state, doing so in Alaska.  Interestingly, despite being the fourth deadliest vehicle overall, the Toyota Camry was only number one in one state, Massachusetts.

StateModelFatalities
AlabamaSilverado80
AlaskaExplorer6
ArizonaF15037
ArkansasSilverado39
CaliforniaAccord199
ColoradoF15029
ConnecticutCivic14
DelawareSilverado7
District of ColumbiaAccord3
FloridaF150127
GeorgiaF15077
HawaiiTacoma13
IdahoF15010
IllinoisSilverado33
IndianaSilverado43
IowaSilverado23
KansasSilverado26
KentuckySilverado42
LouisianaSilverado77
MaineImpala5
MarylandAccord20
MassachusettsCamry28
MichiganSilverado59
MinnesotaSilverado28
MississippiF15044
MissouriSilverado44
MontanaSilverado14
NebraskaSilverado15
NevadaCivic13
New HampshireSilverado9
New JerseyCivic26
New MexicoSilverado22
New YorkCivic29
North CarolinaAccord75
North DakotaSilverado10
OhioSilverado43
OklahomaSilverado66
OregonAccord15
PennsylvaniaSilverado43
Rhode IslandAltima2
South CarolinaAccord53
South DakotaSilverado12
TennesseeSilverado51
TexasSilverado268
UtahF15011
VermontCivic6
VirginiaCivic36
WashingtonCivic33
West VirginiaSilverado19
WisconsinSilverado26
WyomingSilverado8

Vehicles Involved in Fatal Crashes Where the Driver Was Female

In general, women are much less likely to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle collision than men are.  However, when they are, women are most often driving a passenger car.  Only two of the top ten are not passenger cars, the Ford Explorer and the Chevrolet Silverado.  The three vehicles female drivers most commonly drive in fatal crashes are: the Toyota Camry at 383 fatalities, the Honda Accord (370), and the Honda Civic (318).

*This list does not mean that the women driving these vehicles were at fault or even that they died – it is simply vehicles involved in fatal crashes where the driver was female.

RankMakeModelFatalities
1ToyotaCamry383
2HondaAccord370
3HondaCivic318
4NissanAltima306
5ToyotaCorolla297
6FordExplorer219
7ChevroletMalibu215
8FordFocus201
9ChevroletImpala198
10ChevroletSilverado194
11FordEscape185
12HyundaiElantra178
13FordFusion169
14JeepGrand Cherokee166
15HondaCr-V163
16FordF150161
17ChevroletEquinox152
18HyundaiSonata152
19ToyotaRav4146
20NissanSentra144
21ChevroletTahoe131
22ChevroletTrailblazer124
23ChryslerTown & Country120
24DodgeGrand Caravan119
25FordTaurus117

Vehicles in Fatal Crashes Where the Driver Was Male

Men, on the other hand, make up a disproportionately high percentage of motor vehicle collision deaths and a likewise high percentage of drivers in crashes.  When men are listed as a driver in fatal crashes, they are more likely to be driving a truck than women are.  In fact, six of the top ten vehicles for men were trucks – four pickup trucks and two large commercial or big rig trucks. The three deadliest cars for male drivers are the Chevy Silverado at 1,538 fatalities, the Ford F150, and the Honda Accord (663).

*This list does not mean that the men driving these vehicles were at fault or even that they died – it is simply vehicles involved in fatal crashes where the driver was male.

RankMakeModelFatalities
1ChevroletSilverado1538
2FordF1501318
3HondaAccord663
4HondaCivic594
5FordF250540
6ToyotaCamry538
7KenworthConstruction486
8DodgeRam 1500465
9FreightlinerCascadia 125436
10NissanAltima436
11ToyotaCorolla420
12FreightlinerConventional408
13GMCSierra405
14FordRanger386
15FordExplorer384
16VolvoVN355
17FordF350350
18ChevroletImpala332
19ToyotaTacoma325
20FordMustang316
21ChevroletMalibu282
22JeepGrand Cherokee281
23ChevroletTahoe278
24ChevroletGmt-400265
25FordFocus264

Methodology and Data Sources

The data used in our analysis comes from NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data from the year 2018 – the most recent year available.

Our analysis does not take into consideration the number of cars on the road but focuses primarily on the number of fatalities, as that information was not available to us.  While it stands to reason that the make/models with the most vehicles on the road would be involved in the most fatalities, it is still interesting to see how this varies by each state.

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