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CDC: U.S. Has Highest Death Crash Rate

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fatal-accidentA recent announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that the United States has the highest car crash death rate compared with 19 other high-income comparison countries. Despite the progress the U.S. has made in road safety, we have only reduced our crash death rate by 31 percent, compared to the other 19 countries, which all averaged a decrease of approximately 56 percent.

The CDC used data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The counties included in the study were Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

According to the statistics provided in the report, 32,000 people are killed in car crashes each year in the U.S. – 90 victims per day. The CDC went further in its analysis, projecting what the numbers would be if the U.S. car crash death rate was the same as Belgium – which has the second highest death rate. The projection showed that there would have been 12,000 fewer people killed and $140 million less in medical expenses spent. Sweden has the lowest car crash death rate in the group, and if the U.S. had that rate, almost 25,000 victims would be alive each year, and $281 million saved in medical costs.

When it comes to preventable accidents, the U.S. also ranks high. We have the second highest number of people killed in drunk driving accidents (31 percent), and one-third of those drunk drivers were also speeding. If people would finally get the message how deadly drinking and driving is, 10,000 lives could be saved each year.

Despite the well-known dangers of not using seat belts, many fatal car crash victims were not buckled up. Tragically, almost 40 percent of the children under the age of 12 who are killed in crashes do not have a seat belt on.

For more information on fatal car crashes, check out this page. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal car crash caused by a negligent or drunk driver, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim for your family’s pain and loss. Contact our firm for a free consultation.