Fatality Analysis Reporting System

The FARS is a nationwide census of annual data regarding fatal injuries suffered in motor vehicle traffic crashes. It is a public service of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In order for a crash to be included in FARS, a crash must result in the death of the motorist or non-motorist within 30 days of the crash. Crash data is retrieved from a variety of state documents, including but not limited to police accident reports, death certificates, state registration files, and coroner/medical examiner's reports. 

More information on the FARS, including the online query system can be found here: http://www.nhtsa.gov/FARS

Data Indicators


"Alcohol-related crash fatalities involving underage persons (persons under age 21) 

Age Groups
Geographic Units


State-level for specific indicators, otherwise national-level

Current Data Format

Excel, CSV

Comparable to National Dataset?

FARS is a national dataset. 

Data Owners

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Strategic Data Need

Assess trends in alcohol-related crashes. 




Does not include non-traffic crashes (e.g., driveways or other private property) or deaths that occur >30 days after the motor vehicle crash; BACs not available for all fatalities, so BAC estimates use multiple imputation process. 


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Fatality Analysis Reporting System, Georgia (1994-2019). Available at http://www.nhtsa.gov/FARS