In the United States about 90 people die each day from motor vehicle crashes, resulting in the highest death rate among 19 high-income comparison countries. Our nation has made progress in road safety, reducing crash deaths by 31 percent from 2000 to 2013. But other high-income countries reduced crash deaths even further—by an average of 56 percent during the same period of time.
Compared with other high-income countries, the US had the:
- most motor vehicle crash deaths per 100,000 population and per 10,000 registered vehicles;
- second highest percentage of deaths involving alcohol; and
- third lowest front seat belt use.
These findings highlight key areas where the US can achieve more progress. Implementing proven measures to prevent motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and deaths can save thousands of lives each year.