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Source: U.S. Department of Transportation
Date: 2024-02-25



The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) database contains data on accidents on public U.S. roads that resulted in the death of one or more people within 30 days of the accident. The full version of this data (available here) has 19 tables and almost 800 columns of detailed information on the nature of the accident, the current conditions, and the vehicles and people involved. The Simplified dataset is a single-table database that provides information for each crash in the full data, including the date and time of the accident, location (county, city, latitude and longitude), and number of deaths broken down into several categories: motorcycles, pedestrians, etc.

This dataset is ideal for quick reference and quick-turn stories. You still have access to information on every crash recorded from the full data, but you can get the essential information without having to wade through relational tables and endless coded columns. 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

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
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