Motor Vehicle Crashes

  • Motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) are the leading cause of injury deaths and second leading cause of hospitalizations and ER visits in Georgia. MVCs include both traffic and non-traffic cases. They affect Georgians across the state and life span[i].  In 2017, motor vehicle traffic deaths were the leading cause of injury deaths for children and adults between 5 and 24 years of age in addition to adults age 55 to 64[ii]. In that same year, Georgia had the 4th greatest number of traffic fatalities (1,540) in the nation[iii], even though Georgia has the 8th largest population in the United States[iv].

  • Motor Vehicle Crash Initiatives through GA Core SVIPP:

    • The goal of this sub-strategy is to increase child restraint use with parent modeling seat belt use; increase extended, age-appropriate booster seat use and number of active child passenger safety technicians in the Columbus Public Health District; develop a process for identification of specialized transport needs for children with special healthcare needs that could eventually be implemented statewide; and develop, study and evaluate a more accurate, evidence-informed child passenger safety seat observational surveillance tool that can be shared with other communities and states to promote child occupant safety.


[i] Online Analytical Statistical Information System (OASIS). Dashboards: Leading Causes of Premature Death. Georgia Department of Public health, Office of Health Indicators for Planning. Retrieved from:

[ii] CDC WISQARS. Injury Center. CDC. Retrieved from:

[iii] National Center for Statistics and Analysis. (2019, August). State Traffic Data: 2017 data (Traffic Safety Reports No. DOT HS 812 780). Washington, D.C.: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

[iv] U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved from: