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Crash Deaths

Where the US Stands

In the United States about 90 people die each day from motor vehicle crashes, resulting in the highest death rate among 19 high-income comparison countries. Our nation has made progress in road safety, reducing crash deaths by 31 percent from 2000 to 2013. But other high-income countries reduced crash deaths even further—by an average of 56 percent during the same period of time.

Compared with other high-income countries, the US had the:

  • most motor vehicle crash deaths per 100,000 population and per 10,000 registered vehicles;
  • second highest percentage of deaths involving alcohol; and
  • third lowest front seat belt use.

These findings highlight key areas where the US can achieve more progress. Implementing proven measures to prevent motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and deaths can save thousands of lives each year.

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Debra E. Houry, MD, MPH

“It is important to compare us not to our past but to our potential. Seeing that other high-income countries are doing better, we know we can do better too,” said Debra Houry, M.D., M.P.H., director of CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. “People of our nation deserve better and safer transport.”

Debra E. Houry, MD, MPH –  Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

Erin K. Sauber-Schatz, PhD, MPH

“It’s unacceptable for 90 people to die on our roads each day, especially when we know what works to prevent crashes, injuries, and deaths,” said Erin Sauber-Schatz, Ph.D., M.P.H., transportation safety team lead, CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. “About 3,000 lives could be saved each year by increasing seat belt use to 100 percent and up to 10,000 lives could be saved each year by eliminating alcohol-impaired driving.”

Erin K. Sauber-Schatz, PhD, MPH – (CDR US) Public Health Service, Transportation Safety Team Lead

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