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.

Rank Make Fatalities
1 Ford 7354
2 Chevrolet 6975
3 Toyota 4401
4 Honda 3727
5 Dodge 2699
6 Nissan 2673
7 Harley-Davidson 1886
8 GMC 1564
9 Jeep 1401
10 Hyundai 1331

 

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

Rank Make Model Fatalities
1 Chevrolet Silverado 1774
2 Ford F150 1539
3 Honda Accord 1085
4 Toyota Camry 965
5 Honda Civic 950
6 Nissan Altima 761
7 Toyota Corolla 739
8 Ford Explorer 622
9 Ford F250 594
10 Dodge Ram 1500 560
11 Chevrolet Impala 543
12 Kenworth Construction 526
13 Chevrolet Malibu 514
14 Freightliner Conventional 505
15 Ford Ranger 498
16 Ford Focus 487
17 Freightliner Cascadia 125 484
18 Gmc Sierra 464
19 Jeep Grand Cherokee 463
20 Chevrolet Tahoe 425
21 Ford Mustang 416
22 Ford Escape 404
23 Ford Fusion 399
24 Toyota Tacoma 398
25 Volvo VN 391
26 Ford F350 388
27 Hyundai Elantra 380
28 Hyundai Sonata 376
29 Honda CR-V 367
30 Nissan Sentra 362
31 Ford Taurus 338
32 Dodge Grand Caravan 323
33 Chevrolet Gmt-400 312
34 Chevrolet Trailblazer 307
35 Ram 1500 305
36 Ford Expedition 297
37 Chevrolet Suburban 294
38 Chevrolet Equinox 289
39 Toyota Rav4 289
40 Ford Econoline 288
41 Toyota Tundra 280
42 Dodge Ram 2500 280
43 Chrysler Town & Country 259
44 Toyota 4Runner 259
45 Chevrolet Cruze 251
46 Gmc New Sierra 237
47 Dodge Charger 235
48 Nissan Maxima 226
49 Mack 600 222
50 Chevrolet S Truck 219
51 Volkswagen Jetta 217
52 Dodge Dakota 215
53 Chevrolet Cobalt 214
54 Honda Odyssey 208
55 Nissan Frontier 205
56 Toyota Prius 203
57 Kia Optima 201
58 Toyota Sienna 199
59 Dodge Durango 198
60 Peterbilt 379 195
61 Nissan Rogue 189
62 Jeep Cherokee 188
63 Toyota Highlander 182
64 Nissan Versa 177
65 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 175
66 Chevrolet Cavalier 175
67 Chevrolet Camaro 175
68 Gmc Yukon 172
69 Kia Sorento 165
70 Jeep Liberty 165
71 Mazda 3 164
72 Toyota Avalon 164
73 Buick Lesabre 164
74 Pontiac G6 164
75 Honda Pilot 163
76 Chevrolet Blazer 159
77 Chrysler 300 158
78 Yamaha YZFR6 156
79 Hyundai Accent 152
80 Freightliner M2 151
81 Ford Edge 150
82 Nissan Pathfinder 149
83 Kia Soul 143
84 Mercury Grand Marquis 142
85 Chrysler 200 139
86 Gmc Envoy 139
87 International 4000 136
88 Lexus RX 135
89 Hyundai Santa Fe 134
90 Subaru Legacy 133
91 Chevrolet Colorado 131
92 Ford Crown Victoria 131
93 Harley-Davidson FLHX 130
94 Lexus ES 129
95 Pontiac Grand Prix 129
96 Subaru Forester 126
97 Dodge Journey 122
98 Lincoln Town Car 122
99 Honda CBR600 122
100 Ram 2500 121

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.

State Model Fatalities
Alabama Silverado 80
Alaska Explorer 6
Arizona F150 37
Arkansas Silverado 39
California Accord 199
Colorado F150 29
Connecticut Civic 14
Delaware Silverado 7
District of Columbia Accord 3
Florida F150 127
Georgia F150 77
Hawaii Tacoma 13
Idaho F150 10
Illinois Silverado 33
Indiana Silverado 43
Iowa Silverado 23
Kansas Silverado 26
Kentucky Silverado 42
Louisiana Silverado 77
Maine Impala 5
Maryland Accord 20
Massachusetts Camry 28
Michigan Silverado 59
Minnesota Silverado 28
Mississippi F150 44
Missouri Silverado 44
Montana Silverado 14
Nebraska Silverado 15
Nevada Civic 13
New Hampshire Silverado 9
New Jersey Civic 26
New Mexico Silverado 22
New York Civic 29
North Carolina Accord 75
North Dakota Silverado 10
Ohio Silverado 43
Oklahoma Silverado 66
Oregon Accord 15
Pennsylvania Silverado 43
Rhode Island Altima 2
South Carolina Accord 53
South Dakota Silverado 12
Tennessee Silverado 51
Texas Silverado 268
Utah F150 11
Vermont Civic 6
Virginia Civic 36
Washington Civic 33
West Virginia Silverado 19
Wisconsin Silverado 26
Wyoming Silverado 8

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.

Rank Make Model Fatalities
1 Toyota Camry 383
2 Honda Accord 370
3 Honda Civic 318
4 Nissan Altima 306
5 Toyota Corolla 297
6 Ford Explorer 219
7 Chevrolet Malibu 215
8 Ford Focus 201
9 Chevrolet Impala 198
10 Chevrolet Silverado 194
11 Ford Escape 185
12 Hyundai Elantra 178
13 Ford Fusion 169
14 Jeep Grand Cherokee 166
15 Honda Cr-V 163
16 Ford F150 161
17 Chevrolet Equinox 152
18 Hyundai Sonata 152
19 Toyota Rav4 146
20 Nissan Sentra 144
21 Chevrolet Tahoe 131
22 Chevrolet Trailblazer 124
23 Chrysler Town & Country 120
24 Dodge Grand Caravan 119
25 Ford Taurus 117

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.

Rank Make Model Fatalities
1 Chevrolet Silverado 1538
2 Ford F150 1318
3 Honda Accord 663
4 Honda Civic 594
5 Ford F250 540
6 Toyota Camry 538
7 Kenworth Construction 486
8 Dodge Ram 1500 465
9 Freightliner Cascadia 125 436
10 Nissan Altima 436
11 Toyota Corolla 420
12 Freightliner Conventional 408
13 GMC Sierra 405
14 Ford Ranger 386
15 Ford Explorer 384
16 Volvo VN 355
17 Ford F350 350
18 Chevrolet Impala 332
19 Toyota Tacoma 325
20 Ford Mustang 316
21 Chevrolet Malibu 282
22 Jeep Grand Cherokee 281
23 Chevrolet Tahoe 278
24 Chevrolet Gmt-400 265
25 Ford Focus 264

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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