Research

The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) contains data on a census of fatal traffic crashes with the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. To be included in FARS, a crash must involve a motor vehicle traveling on a trafficway customarily open to the public and result in the death of a person (occupant of vehicle or a non-motorist) within 30 days of the crash.

The system was conceived, designed and developed by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to:

  • Provide an overall measure of highway safety
  • Help identify traffic safety problems
  • Suggest solutions
  • Help provide an objective basis to evaluate the effectiveness of motor vehicle safety standards and highway safety programs
  • NHTSA has a cooperative agreement with the Washington Traffic Safety Commission to provide the FARS data in our state.
  • How FARS Data is gathered

The Washington State FARS team gathers data from an extensive trail of information in order to complete just one case. The data trail includes the following:

  • Daily Recap and Teletype
  • Abstract of Drivers Record (ADR)
  • Police Traffic Collision Reports from Washington State Patrol Collision Records Section
  • Vehicle Records
  • Roadway Information
  • EMS Data
  • Toxicology Reports
  • Death Certificates from Vital Records

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