CDC: United States has highest rate of fatality crashes

By Land Line staff | Thursday, July 07, 2016

A report from the Centers for Disease Control says the United States’ rate for traffic fatalities was more than twice the average of other high-income countries.

According to statistics from 2013, the United States had a rate of 10.3 motor vehicle crash deaths for every 100,000 people. New Zealand was a distant second with a rate of 5.6.

The United States did reduce its number of traffic deaths by 31 percent from 2000 to 2013. However, the average reduction during that time for 19 other high-income countries was 56 percent. Spain recorded the biggest reduction at 75 percent.

When compared to other high-income countries, the report showed that motorists in the United States were less likely to wear seat belts and more likely to be under the influence of alcohol.

According to the report, only 87 percent of motorists in the United States use their front seat belt compared to an average of 94 percent.

The United States had the second largest percentage of crash deaths involving alcohol at 31 percent. Canada had the most at 34 percent. Twenty-nine percent of the U.S. crash deaths involved speeding. Finland had the largest percentage of speeding crash fatalities at 42 percent.

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