Does the United States have an unreasonable number of car accidents?

On Behalf of | Feb 11, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Do you ever feel like there are just far too many car accidents in the United States? Perhaps you recently looked at the statistics and found that nearly 40,000 people die in these accidents every year. Now, you know that the U.S. has a fairly large population, but that number still feels terribly high.

How does the U.S. compare to other countries when it comes to car accidents? 

Looking at the total deaths per capita

To get around the challenges posed by overall population differences, one has to look at the number of traffic deaths per capita. This alone will show how dangerous it is to drive in various countries. Total statistics can be deceptive since large countries will always have more deaths, but comparing in this fashion shows the actual toll these crashes take. Here are some notable countries

  • The United States: 10.92 deaths per 100,000 people
  • Canada: 5.17 deaths per 100,000 people
  • Mexico: 12.29 deaths per 100,000 people
  • India: 23.87 deaths per 100,000 people
  • The United Kingdom: 2.42 death per 100,000 people

As you can see, the United States is far from the best or the worst, even out of these statistics and limited sample size. That said, it does tend to be higher than similarly developed countries with the same types of driving restrictions and traffic laws in place. Canada perhaps paints the clearest picture, as driving there feels much like driving in the U.S., but they have half of the traffic deaths. 

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