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Drivers Involved in Fatal Crashes, by Previous Driving Record and License Compliance - State : USA, Year : 2019

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Previous Convictions License Total (49,239)
Valid License (42,103) Invalid License (7,136)
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
Previous Recorded Crashes 7,230 17.2 1,302 18.2 8,532 17.3
Previous Recorded Suspensions or Revocations 4,051 9.6 2,942 41.2 6,993 14.2
Previous DWI Convictions 807 1.9 705 9.9 1,512 3.1
Previous Speeding Convictions 7,844 18.6 1,379 19.3 9,223 18.7
Previous Other Harmful Moving Convictions 7,263 17.3 1,950 27.3 9,213 18.7
Drivers with No Previous Convictions 22,135 52.6 2,589 36.3 24,724 50.2
Note: Table does not include drivers with unknown license compliance. FARS records prior driving records (convictions only, not violations) for events occurring within 3 years (for FARS 2014 and earlier) or 5 years (for FARS 2015 and later) of the date of the crash. The same driver can have one or more of these convictions. License compliance refers to the type of driver license possessed or not possessed by the driver for the class of vehicle being driven at the time of the crash.

Related Factors for Drivers Involved in Fatal Crashes

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Factors Number Percent
Driving too fast for conditions or in excess of posted limit 8,746 17.2
Under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medication 5,164 10.1
Failure to keep in Proper Lane 3,381 6.6
Failure to Yield Right of Way 3,728 7.3
Distracted (phone, talking, eating, object, etc.) 3,008 5.9
Operating vehicle in a careless manner 3,302 6.5
Overcorrecting/oversteering 1,569 3.1
Failure to Obey traffic signs,signals, or officer 2,054 4.0
Operating vehicle in erratic, reckless, careless, or negligent manner 1,880 3.7
Swerving or avoiding due to wind, slippery surface, vehicle, object, nonmotorist in roadway, etc. 1,148 2.3
Vision obscured (rain, snow, glare, lights, building, trees, etc.) 1,543 3.0
Drowsy, asleep, fatigued, ill, or blackout 1,240 2.4
Driving wrong way on one-way trafficway or wrong side of road 1,223 2.4
Making Improper Turn 419 0.8
Other Factors 5,549 10.9
None Reported 9,196 18.1
Unknown 15,423 30.3
Total Drivers 50,930 100.0
Note: The sum of the numbers and percentages is greater than total drivers as more than one factor may be present for the same driver.