Car Crash

The Center's vision is to provide actionable roadmaps for individual drivers, policy makers, and automotive sector stakeholders to end vehicle-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities. 

For more than 70 years, Altarum Institute has been improving human health by integrating research, technology, and analysis. Unfortunately, an alarming number of lives are still lost during vehicle crashes, and health-related costs associated with crashes are escalating. Annually, 4 million vehicle crashes injure drivers, passengers and pedestrians, and every 15 minutes of every day in the U.S., a person dies in a vehicle crash (i.e., 96 daily fatalities)[1].

These needless crashes have a devastating impact on our communities, health-care systems, and overall economy. 94% of vehicle crashes are caused by driver distractions and poor decision-making including speeding, cell phone use, fatigue or other driver impairment. While the steady introduction of advanced safety features help to save lives and reduce injuries, more health and safety research solutions are critically needed.

CRASH ToolAltarum’s health and vehicle safety research experts are committed to further understanding the complexity of vehicle transportation, engineering, and policy challenges. Our experts are thus working across the automotive super-highway system to identify compelling risk management policies, and to help reduce the billions in lost health-care costs from vehicle crashes. Altarum’s innovative Vehicle Safety CRASH Tool has already predicted ways to instantly reduce road-way deaths by 37% that would save an astounding 12,076 U.S. lives annually (i.e., 33 lives saved per day). The Center is helping to solve these issues by working diligently with our nationally recognized automotive safety partners to smartly reduce vehicle collisions, injuries, and fatalities.

Click this link to access Altarum’s Vehicle Safety CRASH Tool (coming soon) and to access the most current nationally recognized crash statistics:

Website TBD: altarum/ (coming soon)

Altarum’s Vehicle Safety expertise includes:

  • Research to document crash-related health impacts and costs
  • Analysis and evaluation of advanced vehicle safety features
  • Development of vehicle safety program improvements and metrics
  • Certified defensive driving experts and vehicle safety inspectors

For further information about Altarum’s Vehicle Safety programs, read our fact sheet, or please contact:

Marshall Contino, CHMM, CEAS
Director of the Center for Vehicle Safety
Phone: 202-741-1536
Fax: 202-728-9469 

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[1] (NHTSA Press Release, Friday, July 1, 2016, “NHTSA data shows traffic deaths up 7.7 percent in 2015)