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Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths

How is the US doing?

Graphic: Bar graph showing front seat belt use in the US and selected high-income countries.

Front seat belt use in the US and selected high-income countries

Country Percentage %
France (highest) 99%
Average of 19 high-income countries 94%
UnitedStates 87%
Austria (lowest) 86%

SOURCES: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2013 data. WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety, 2015.


Infographic: Bar graph showing motor vehicle crash death rates in 10 comparison high-income countries:  US, New Zealand, Canada, France, Japan, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Sweden. Graphic on the right showing the countries with the highest and lowest reductions in crash deaths, 2000-2013. Spain had a 75% reduction in crash deaths and United States had 31%. The average reduction in 19 high-income countries was 56%.

Motor vehicle crash deaths in 10 comparison high-income countries, 2013

Category Country Deaths
Highest USA 10.3
New Zealand 5.6
Canada 5.4
Mid France 5.1
Japan 4.5
Germany 4.0
Spain 3.6
Lowest Switzerland 3.3
United Kingdom 2.8
Sweden 2.7

Deaths per 100,000 people
SOURCE: WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety, 2015

Countries with the highest and lowest reductions in crash deaths, 2000-2013

Country Percentage %
Spain (highest) 75%
Average of 19 high-income countries 56%
United States (lowest) 31%

Deaths per 100,000 people
SOURCE: International Road Traffic and Accident Database (IRTAD) Road Safety Annual Report, 2015


Infographic: Bar graph showing high-income countries with the highest percentages of crash deaths involving alcohol or speed

High-income countries with the highest percentage of crash deaths involving alcohol or speed

Alcohol Speed
Canada 34% Finland 42%
United States 31% Denmark 40%
New Zealand 31% Slovenia 39%
Australia 30% Germany 35%
Slovenia 30% Australia 33%
France 29% New Zealand 33%
Belgium 25% Netherlands 30%
Finland 22% United States 29%
Sweden 19% Austria 28%
Netherlands 19% Switzerland 26%

Note: 19 countries reported the percentage of deaths involving alcohol and 15 countries reported the percentage of deaths related to speeding.
SOURCES: WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety, 2015. IRTAD Road Safety Annual Report, 2015.

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