The final statistics have been released for 2014. The numbers tell us what happened on Iowa roads. We can learn how many accidents there were and how many of those crashes resulted in injuries or fatalities. However, in order to really understand the trends on Iowa roads, we need to also consider other factors.
The Important Numbers
In 2014, the Iowa Department of Transportation reports:
- 51,908 accidents.
- 321 fatalities in 287 crashes.
- 18,535 injuries in 13,562 crashes.
This was an increase in the number of accidents, the number of deaths, and the number of injuries from 2013.
However, the Iowa Department of Transportation also reports an increase in:
- Licensed drivers, from 2,187,268 in 2013 to 2,241,383 in 2014.
- Registered motor vehicles, from 3,501,115 in 2013 to 3,533,720 in 2014.
- Vehicle miles traveled, from 31,542 million in 2013 to 32,332 million in 2014.
What These Statistics Mean
These statistics tell us how many people were hurt and how many people died. We can imagine how each one suffered and we can imagine the loss of life.
However, the statistics do not tell us about their spouses, children, parents, relatives, and friends who are taking care of those who were hurt—or who have been left grieving for those who died. The numbers do not tell us about the irreparable damage that has been done to countless loved ones. Thus, the impact of these statistics is much greater than they appear, and it is important for each and every driver to take actions to prevent serious and fatal crashes in 2015 and beyond.