2018 PA Crash Facts & Statistics
provided by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDot)
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania consists of 67 counties. Each county includes local
municipalities, a combination of cities, boroughs, first class townships, and/or second class
townships. In total, there are approximately 2,500 municipalities throughout the 67 counties.
One of these municipalities, the Town of Bloomsburg in Columbia County, is the only official
“town” in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania has over 120,000 miles* of roads and highways; 33% (39,739 miles*) are state
highways maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), and the
remaining 67% (80,788 miles*) are maintained by local municipalities and other entities.
Motor-vehicle traffic crashes that occur on Pennsylvania roads and highways are investigated
and reported by both the Pennsylvania State Police and the approximately 1,300 local
municipal police departments. The valuable information originating from these police crash
reports is the basis for the statistics that are presented throughout this booklet.
In 2018, there were 128,420 reportable traffic crashes in Pennsylvania. These crashes claimed
the lives of 1,190 people and injured another 78,219 people. To add some perspective, the
2018 total of reportable traffic crashes is the fourteenth lowest total since 1950 when 113,748
crashes were reported.
Last year, there were approximately 101.6 billion vehicle-miles* of travel on Pennsylvania’s
roads and highways. The 2018 fatality rate of 1.17 fatalities per hundred million vehicle-miles
of travel* was the second lowest ever recorded in Pennsylvania since the department started
keeping records of this in 1935.
Click here to view the 2018 Crash Facts and Statistics Report by PennDot