Despite a reduction in traffic deaths since 2000, in 2013 the US death rate was still more than 2x the average of other high-income countries.
The Numbers in the US:
• ~90 people die each day—leading to the highest death rate among comparison countries, such as Australia, Denmark and Japan
• Crash deaths fell 31% compared to an average of 56% in 19 other high-income countries
• Over 18,000 lives could be saved each year
Possible explanations include lower seat belt use in the US; drunk driving and speeding also contributed to 19,500 out of 32,000 crash deaths in the US in 2013.
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