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Where does the U.S. rank in traffic deaths?

On Behalf of | Oct 8, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

It’s sometimes hard to consider where countries actually rank in road accident deaths. For instance, if the United States has 40,000 deaths in one year, that sounds massive to a country with a population of 10 million. But the United States has over 300 million people. Our states are, population-wise, similar to many foreign countries. 

In that way, the raw numbers do not tell the whole story. You have to look at how many people pass away in these accidents per 100,000 people in the country. If you do that, you can compare a country with 10 million to one with 30 million to one with 300 million, and so forth. 

Doing this shows that the U.S. has 10.92 deaths per 100,000 people. That is similar to countries like Belarus (10.65) and Chile (10.23). If you rank traffic deaths into four quarters, with the first quarter being the highest and the fourth quarter being the lowest, the United States is in the third quarter. It’s not the lowest on the chart, not by a long shot, but it is closer to the lowest country than the highest. 

Wondering what country has the highest number of traffic deaths? That claim goes to Zimbabwe, where a staggering 60.9 people died in traffic accidents for every 100,000 people in the country. On the other side, you have Sweden, where only 2.31 people pass away in car accidents for every 100,000. 

As you can see, driving in the United States is risky. Even if you survive an accident, you could have major injuries. You must know what legal options you have. If you’re injured due to another party’s negligence or recklessness, you have every right to demand fair compensation for your losses.