U.S. is Ranked Highest for Car Fatalities
There have been several advances in the technologies of cars in the past few decades. Most of those technologies focus on safety; keeping the driver, passengers, and those around the vehicle as safe as possible. Unfortunately for the United States, we have rated lowest in road fatalities according to the Center for Disease Control. Among other wealthy nations, we rank very poorly in several categories.
How The United States Ranks
- Each year more than 32,000 deaths and 2 million nonfatal injuries occur on U.S. roads.
- The U.S. was ranked 18th out of 20 countries of people who their use seat belts in the front seat.
- For the back seat, the U.S. was ranked 13 out 18 countries where people used their seat belt.
- Out of 19 countries we ranked 2nd for motor vehicle accident deaths involving alcohol (31%). Each year in the U.S., 10,000 people die due to alcohol-impaired driving.
- Out of 15 countries the U.S. had the highest percentage of crash deaths that involved speeding.
Why is the U.S. So Far Behind?
Our nation may be poorly ranked for car fatalities, but it’s not for a lack of trying. We have cars with monitors and sensors around them, air bags completely surrounding the interior of most newer vehicles, and several other safety features. There has been a reduction in motor vehicle death rates in the last 13 years, 31%, but it is the lowest among the other wealthy nations. It’s hard to quantify the differences in policies and strategies between the countries that were involved in the study. Some of the other countries that were in the study may use different law enforcement strategies that help curtail such things as driving or riding without a seat belt or driving impaired. Also, the U.S. is highly dependent on cars for transportation. Other countries that were a part of the study might rely more heavily on public transportation.
How Can We Improve?
The CDC suggests setting up more sobriety check points and several other ideas to help reduce U.S. car fatalities. Early education about car safety is important; young minds are impressionable. We can teach children to always buckle up, never drive impaired or while tired, obey the speed limits, and drive without distractions, such as talking on the phone or texting while driving. We can also make it priority to improve road safety. Many roads have pot holes and most rural road are not properly lit with street lights. If the U.S. relies so much on car transportation, then the American people should have the safest roads.
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