Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System (CODES) Injury Surveillance



Ashley Newmyer, MPH, CPH
Epidemiology Surveillance Coordinator
Division of Public Health
Phone: (402) 471-4377


Vehicle Crash and Safety Reports

Traffic Safety In General 
In the United States, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death, over 30,000 lives are lost each year. 

Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths in Nebraska 2000 - 2010

Motor Vehicle Crash Injuries and Deaths in Nebraska 2002-2006

The Leading Cause of Injury Death in Nebraska 2002-2006

The Leading Cause of Injury Death in Nebraska 1999-2003


Impaired driving is one of the most serious traffic risks facing the nation, killing thousands every year. Significant reductions in the number of alcohol-related traffic deaths occurred in the 1980s and early 1990s, but progress has since been slow. The impaired-driving problem is complex and requires the full range of countermeasures. Sustained high-visibility enforcement, use of traffic safety resource prosecutors and DWI courts, widespread adoption of screening and brief intervention, and enactment of primary seat belt laws have contributed to greater reductions in alcohol-related traffic fatalities.

Alcohol and Crash Outcomes in Nebraska 2004-2008

Under Age Drinking and Driving in Nebraska 2004-2008

Alcohol and Impaired Driving in Nebraska 2004-2007 

BRFSS Fact Sheet On Alcohol Impaired Driving


Seat Belt and Occupant Protection
One of the most effective measures a person can take to prevent injury and death in a crash is to be appropriately restrained in rear- or forward-facing child safety seats, booster seats, or seat belts. NHTSA estimates that lap/shoulder seat belts, when used correctly, reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent and the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50 percent.

Restraint Use and Crash Outcomes in Nebraska 2004-2008

The Most Effective Means of Reducing MVC Injuries and Deaths

Restraint Use of Pickup Truck Occupants in Nebraska 2002-2005

Seat Belt and Teens

 BRFSS Fact Sheet on Seat Belts


Speeding is a significant threat to public safety and warrants priority attention. Travel at safe and reasonable speeds on highways promotes the nation's productivity. Most highways and motor vehicles are designed and built for safe operation at the speeds traveled by most motorists. Speeding on the nation's roadways is a contributing factor in as many as one third of all fatal crashes. In addition, many people are injured in speed-related crashes.

Death and Injury Rates and Posted Speed Limit


Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Research has shown that using a cell phone while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent. Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.

Do Not Let Distraction Take Your Life Away


Motorcycle Safety
In the United States, motorcycle fatalities represent approximately 15 percent of all highway fatalities each year, yet motorcycles represent approximately 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States. Many motorcycle crashes can be attributed to lack of basic riding skills, failure to appreciate the inherent operating characteristics and the limitations of the motorcycle, failure to use special precautions while riding, and failure to follow speed limits, etc. Motorcycle crash statistics show that helmets are about 37% effective in preventing crash fatalities.

Motorcycle Helmets and Head Injuries

Motorcycle Helmets and Traffic Safety



Glare-related Crashes in Nebraska 2002-2009

Non-Nebraska Drivers Involved in Motor Vehicle Crashes in Nebraska


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