Even though the number of people killed in crashes on U.S. roads dropped in 2009 to 33,808, we still rule the world’s developed countries in the number of traffic fatalities. A recent study by the National Research Council found that traffic fatalities have dropped by 50% since 1995 in other developed countries, but only 19% in the U.S. Is it us? It seems so, as those other countries that have been successful in reducing fatalities have done so by comprehensive safety programs that combine changes to their traffic safety as well as improvements to vehicles and road design.
Here’s some shocking statistics:
- Car crashes are the leading cause of death in the U.S. for people aged 1 through 34
- Half of all Americans say that they’ve been in a serious crash or have had a friend or relative injured or killed in a serious crash
- Approximately 100 people die EACH DAY on U.S. roads!
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