Motor Vehicle Accidents in the USA

According to the CDC, reducing the amount of car crash fatalities was a major public health achievement for the 20th century in the US. Unfortunately, more than 32,000 citizens are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes. The most current statistic in 2013 stated that the US crash death rate was more than twice the average of other high-income countries. In the US, the average amount of people who used seat belts in the front was lower in comparison to other countries.

The CDC is constantly working on releasing new info and tips to help reduce car accidents in the US.

  • Always use a seat belt, no matter how brief the trip.
  • Make sure children are always properly buckled in whether in a booster seat, seat belt or car seat.
  • Choose not to drive while hindered by alcohol or drugs and encourage others to do the same.
  • Lastly obey speed limits and drive without distractions like using a cellphone.

US Automobile Accident Statistics

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 35,092 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2015, up 7.2 percent from 32,744 in 2014.
  • One of the major risk factors for deaths from car accidents in the US was not using a seat belt, car seat or booster seat which led to over 9,500 deaths.
  • In 2015, in all of the US, there were 35,092 fatalities from car accidents.
  1. 26.5% (9,306) of those were alcohol-related.
  2. 27.2% (9,557) of those were speeding-related.
  3. 21% of these fatalities involved a drowsy driver.
  • That amount of fatalities for the year averaged 96 deaths per day due to an automobile crash.
  • Additionally, approximately 2.35 million people are disabled or injured due to car accidents.
  • Car accidents cost the US $230.6 billion per year or $820 per person on average.

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