Fatality Analysis Reporting System Law and Legal Definition

Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) is a system that provides the U.S. National Highway Safety Transportation Administration (NHTSA) with the data on fatal injuries suffered in motor vehicle traffic crashes throughout the U.S. The NHTSA created FARS to provide an overall measure of highway safety, to help suggest solutions, and to help provide an objective basis to evaluate the effectiveness of motor vehicle safety standards and highway safety programs.

The FARS includes information on motor vehicle traffic crashes that result in fatality to a vehicle occupant or nonmotorist, from injuries resulting from a traffic crash, that occur within 30 days of the crash.

The FARS was conceived, designed, and developed by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) to assist the traffic safety community in identifying traffic safety problems, and developing appropriate solutions.