Motor vehicle crash deaths in the US are still too high.
There were more than 32,000 crash deaths in the US in 2013. These deaths cost more than $380 million in direct medical costs.
Major risk factors for crash deaths in the US.
- Not using seat belts, car seats, and booster seats contributed to over 9,500 crash deaths.
- Drunk driving contributed to more than 10,000 crash deaths.
- Speeding contributed to more than 9,500 crash deaths.
Reducing major risk factors could save thousands of lives and hundreds of millions of dollars in direct medical costs each year.
Seat belts saved over 12,500 lives in the US in 2013, yet:
- The US had lower-than-average front and back seat belt use compared with other high-income countries.
- About half of drivers or passengers who died in crashes in the US weren’t buckled up.
Some proven measures of best performing high-income countries.
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