DOT Fatality Analysis Reporting System – Simplified
|Source||U.S. Department of Transportation|
|File Size||National file: ~90 MB (409K records)|
|Dates Covered||2003 – 2014|
If you purchase the data you can download the national file in Excel or CSV format. We’d be happy to provide a state slice (at no additional cost) in either format; email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (573) 884-7711.
Record layouts and samples of this database
|Record layout (xlsx) (Layout.xlsx)||10.3 KB|
|Main README file (Readme_FARS_simple_2.txt)||2.8 KB|
|Full DOT FARS user guide (USERGUIDE-2014.pdf)||5.1 MB|
- Sources for Covering Auto Accidents
McGinty gives information on how to use the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatal Accident Reporting System, or FARS. He covers why it exists, how comprehensive and accurate the data is, and how it is tructured.
- Traffic Fatalities
This tipsheet is a basic overview of what resources to use when reporting on traffic fatalities. McGinty offers some background on FARS, paper documents and driving records, and then explains how all three can all be helpful when reporting on the topic.
- Strong Coffee: Using Databases to Investigate Drunken Driving
Branan explores the value of pursuing a story on drunk driving, including what databases are helpful in such an investigation, and how to verify and analyze the information.