Pennsylvania Crash Fatalities

2016 Pennsylvania Crash Statistics

Type of Crash 2016
Intersection Crashes 49,562
Single Vehicle Run-Off-the-Road Crashes 45,868
Hit Fixed Object Crashes 38,244
Local Road (only) Crashes 32,309
Crashes Involving a 65+ Year Old Driver 21,125
Signalized Intersection Crashes 19,853
Distracted Driver Crashes 16,050
Stop Controlled Intersection Crashes 15,200
Unrestrained Crashes (Pass. Cars, Lt Trks, Hvy Trks, Vans, SUVs) 14,992
Crashes Involving a 65-74 Year Old Driver 13,618
Impaired Driver Crashes 12,757
Winter Condition Crashes 10,300
Alcohol-Related Crashes 10,255
Drinking Driver Crashes 10,008
Hit Tree Crashes 8,818
Hit Utility Pole Crashes 8,784
Crashes Involving a 75+ Year Old Driver 8,239
Head-on / Opposite Direction Side Swipe Crashes 7,326
Aggressive Driving Crashes 6,996
Hit Guiderail Crashes 6,863
Heavy Truck Crashes 6,740
Crashes Involving a 16-17 Year Old Driver 6,671
Vehicle Failure Related Crashes (any factor) 5,905
Running Red Light Crashes (any factor) 4,780
Crashes Involving a 17 Year Old Driver 4,752
Speeding Crashes 4,258
Pedestrian Crashes 4,201
Motorcyclist Crashes 3,454
Drowsy/Asleep Driver Crashes 2,635
Work Zone Crashes 2,075
Crashes Involving a 16 Year Old Driver 1,996
Bicyclist Crashes 1,305
Train/Trolley with Motor Vehicle Crashes 52

Pennsylvania School Zone Crash Statistics

State of Pennsylvania School Zone Crashes

In the state of Pennsylvania, there were 82,962 crash related injuries in 2016 and 1188 fatalities. That same year, 462 people were involved in crashes that took place in school zones, resulting in 371 injuries and 6 fatalities.  There were 78 pedestrians involved in school zone crash incidents and six bicyclists. Crashes involved a school bus within a school zone 13.4% of the time (N=62), though there were 817 total crash incidents involving a school bus in 2016 in the state.


While the majority of the injuries were reported as minor (n=154, or 22.8%), 58 (16.8%) of the injuries were moderate, and 17 (3.7%) were major injuries. Four of those sustaining major injuries were pedestrians, and one crash resulted in a pedestrian fatality. (The remaining injuries were not categorized.)


The majority of crashes in school zones took place on Wednesdays (n=100), while the fewest took place on Sundays (n=26).


Crashes typically took place during the daylight hours, under good weather and lighting conditions.


The majority of crashes (98) took place in Philadelphia. Since this is the largest county in PA, this was not surprising; larger counties weren’t always where more crashes took place, however. For example, 3.5% of crashes in school zones occurred in Lackawanna (the 7th highest in school zone crashes), that had a population of 214,428, while other areas of similar size had only four or five crash incidents.


When taking into consideration number of vehicle miles traveled per year in the county, those with the highest rates of crashes in school zones (the top 25) are those in the chart below, with Northampton at the top of the list, followed by Philadelphia.