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Fatal car accident rates higher in U.S. than other countries


Drivers in Florida will have a keen understanding of the dangers they will face when out on the road even if they do not pay strict attention to statistics of how many people die in a car collision throughout the year. That does not make it any less important to keep track of whether or not there has been improvements to safety for drivers. While the number of people who are killed in an auto accident on U.S. roadways has reduced by one-third in a 14-year span, the number of deaths remains higher than those in other developed nations.

Approximately 90 people will die in a car accident in the U.S. each day. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that this is the highest incidence of fatal accidents among 20 countries that were studied. While fatalities in an auto accident reduced significantly in the timeframe from 2000 to 2013 with 31 percent fewer people dying, the other countries experienced a reduction of 56 percent in that same timeframe. The highest reduction occurred in Spain as that country experienced a decrease of 75 percent. Of all the countries, the U.S. reduction was the lowest.

Many of the accidents involved a failure to wear a seatbelt and the use of alcohol. Researchers state that as many as 10,000 people can avoid a fatal car accident if DUI's were to stop. Sweden had the lowest number of fatal car crashes. If the U.S. were able to replicate their numbers, 24,000 people who died in a car collision in 2013 could have been saved. Medical expenses that rose to nearly $300 million might also have been reduced. Distractions and speed violations were referenced as improvable factors. When the number of vehicles registered and population were factored in, the U.S. was at the top of fatal accidents. It was second with fatal accidents in which alcohol was involved at 31 percent.

Drivers who are involved in a car accident are unlikely to be fully conversant in the troubling statistics regarding how many people still die in an auto accident in the U.S. When the reality strikes that there will be medical expenses, treatment and other personal and financial concerns in the aftermath of a fatal accident, those who have lost a loved one need to have a full grasp of how to move forward and seek compensation after auto accidents. Victims and loved ones of those killed in the crash have legal recourses. A personal injury suit or a wrongful death claim could help provide the necessary compensation to offset the damages caused by the accident.

Source: upi.com, "U.S. car crash deaths down, but still surpass other nations," July 6, 2016

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