The traffic accident data on this page comes from the Missouri Department of Transportation. These statistics are for 2008, the most recent year available.
   
All Crashes
Traffic accidents: 77,048
 
Traffic Accident Fatalities
Total fatalities: 706
Fatal crashes: 619
0.8% of crashes on Missouri highways resulted in a fatality
 
Traffic Accident Injuries 
Injury crashes: 21,055
Total injuries: 31,027
27.32% of Missouri crashes resulted in injury
 
Alcohol-related Crash Statistics
Alcohol-related crashes: 3,559
Alcohol-related injury crashes: 1,686
Alcohol-related fatal crashes: 156
 
Pedestrian Crashes
Pedestrian accidents: 308
Pedestrians injured: 266
Pedestrians killed: 42
 
Motorcycle/Moped crashes
Motorcycle crashes: 1,506
Motorcyclists and passengers killed: 66
Motorcyclists and passengers injured: 1,427
 
When do crashes occur?
Accidents are most likely to occur in the hour between 5:00-5:59 p.m.
More accidents occurred on Fridays, but an equal number of fatal accidents occurred on Saturdays.
The month with the most crashes was December.
 
Types of vehicles involved in crashes
Passenger car: 62,363 (60.0%)
Pickup Truck: 20,363 (19.6%)
Van: 8,663 (8.3%)
Tractor-trailer: 4,341 (4.1%)
Single truck with more than 4 tires: 2,525 (2.4%)
Motorcycle: 1,506 (1.4%)
Truck and trailers: 1,266 (1.2%)
Emergency vehicle: 764 (0.7%)
School bus: 226 (0.2%)
Farm equipment: 125 (0.1%)
Other/unknown: 1,871 (1.7%)
 
Types of vehicles involved in fatal crashes
Passenger car: 402 (47.8%)
Pickup Truck: 187 (22.2%)
Motorcycle: 64 (7.6%)
Tractor-trailer: 64 (7.6%) 
Van: 58 (6.9%)
Single truck with more than 4 tires: 30 (3.6%)
Other: 36 (4.2%)
 
Six most common contributing circumstances in all accidents
1. Inattention: 20,079 
2. Speed too fast for conditions: 15,472
3. Following too closely: 13,850
4. Failure to yield right of way: 10,547
5. Improper lane changes: 9,022
6. Congestion ahead: 8,399
 
Six most common contributing circumstances to fatal accidents
1. Speed too fast for conditions: 165
2. Drinking: 156
3. Inattention: 150
4. Improper lane changes: 146
5. Driving on the wrong side: 100
6. Failure to yield right of way: 85
 
Top six crash events
1. Rear-end collision: 25,707
2. Vehicle out of control: 21,003
3. Passing: 4,901
4. Left turn: 3,857
5. Left turn right angle collision: 3,823
6. Right angle
 
Top six fatal crash events
1. Vehicle out of control: 306
2. Head-on collision: 101
3. Right angle: 52
4. Rear end: 42
5. Pedestrian: 37
6. Left turn right angle collision: 19

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