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Hospitalizations of King County residents due to motor vehicle injuries declined from 2001 to 2010.

Motor vehicle collisions often lead to property damage and personal injury, and sometimes cause death. Victims may include bicyclists and pedestrians. Injuries and deaths from collisions have declined in recent years, in part due to education, mandated use of seat belts, tough impaired-driving laws, and safety engineering. 

In 2010, motor vehicle crash-related injuries resulted in 834 hospitalizations for an age-adjusted rate of 41.9 per 100,000 King County residents.

For residents of King County (regardless of the location of the vehicle crash) …

  • From 2001 to 2010, hospitalizations of King County residents due to motor vehicle injuries declined in the county overall and in all regions except North Region.
  • The King County rate in 2010 was lower than the Washington State rate of 54.3 per 100,000 residents (data not shown).
  • For every 9 King County residents who were hospitalized for serious motor vehicle injuries, 1 King County resident died from such injuries.

For vehicle crashes occurring in King County (regardless of victims’ residence) …

  • Averaging data from 2006 through 2010, King County’s rate of serious crash-related injuries was 4.48 serious injuries per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT).
  • Over the same period, the rate of serious injuries per 100 million VMT declined each year, from 5.31 in 2006 to 4.02 in 2010, suggesting that recession-related fluctuations in highway travel were not responsible for the decline in serious injuries.  
  • The 2010 rate in Washington State was 4.34 serious injuries per 100 million VMT.
  • Speeding and impaired driving are the major contributing causes of serious-injury collisions in King County. 
  • See Notes & Sources for definition of “serious injury.”