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U.S. Leads the Industrialized World in Car Accident Fatalities

While United States health officials and safety experts have made great strides in reducing motor vehicle accident fatalities, the results are still not good enough. The country leads the industrialized world in having the highest number of car accident deaths annually, which means that there is more that can be done in order to prevent these unnecessary deaths. Looking to comparison countries, the United States can garner ideas as to how to provide drivers with the resources they need in order to make the right decisions on the road.

United States motor vehicle accident and fatalities data

Despite the fact that the number of car accident fatalities have decreased in the United States, the number of fatalities that still occur is alarming when compared to other industrialized nations, according to data released by the Center for Disease Control. Some noteworthy facts and figures regarding car accident deaths in the United States include:

  • More than 32,000 people are killed every year in car accidents throughout the United States. This is nearly double the average number of deaths that occur as a result of motor vehicle accidents in comparable industrialized nations around the world.
  • Approximately one third of traffic deaths in the United States are the result of drunk driving, while an additional third of traffic deaths are related to people not wearing seat belts while inside a moving vehicle.
  • While the United States reduced traffic deaths by 31 percent, other high-income, industrialized nations were able to make far greater strides in preventing fatalities on the road. For example, Spain was able to reduce traffic deaths by more than 75 percent.

What are other countries doing to prevent traffic deaths?

Other industrialized nations who were able to decrease the number of annual car accident fatalities were taking extra measures in order to prevent these unfortunate circumstances. The methods that these countries have used are proven to work, and they include:

  • Reducing the legal level of blood-alcohol content in order to drive. The United States requires drivers to have a BAC of lower than .08 percent, but other industrialized countries with fewer traffic fatalities enforce a legal limit of .02 percent to .05 percent.
  • Enforcing seat belt laws more strictly. In many of the countries compared in the study, law enforcement officials were able to pull over any vehicle and provide citations to any passenger who was not wearing a seat belt.
  • Utilize new technology within vehicles that can help prevent traffic deaths. Ignition interlocks, for example, are required in many countries for drivers who have previously been convicted of drunk driving.

What can be done to minimize car accident fatalities in the U.S.?

United States health officials, safety experts and law enforcement officers can continue to work in order to prevent car accident deaths by:

  • Creating strict seat belt laws and enforcing them more consistently. Drivers and passengers should be cited in the event that they are not properly wearing a seat belt.
  • Increasing the number of sobriety checkpoints within a given community, ensuring that drivers who are under the influence of alcohol are caught prior to causing an accident and potentially injuring or killing someone else on the road.
  • Providing drivers with resources about the importance of proper seat belt use and the need for children to be in car seats or booster seats until at least the age of 8.

If someone that you love has been killed in a car accident, it's important that you partner with a qualified attorney who will help you determine if you should seek damages in the case. In the event that the other driver involved was negligent, there is a chance that you can receive compensation in order to cover the health care costs or quality of life costs that were incurred as a result of the accident. The right lawyer will evaluate the evidence in your case and advocate for you as you maneuver through the legal system.

To find out more information about car accident fatalities in the United States and motor vehicle accident laws in Georgia, contact our law firm today in order to set up a consultation appointment with one of our experienced attorneys.

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