Residents of the Detroit metropolitan area may feel as though their roads can be unsafe, and they’re not alone. A July report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a disturbing trend on American roadways, one the organization referred to as a ‘serious public health issue.” According to the CDC, the United States has the highest rate of car accident fatalities among high-income countries, as well as the second-highest percentage of traffic deaths attributed to alcohol. The U.S. also came out on top in crash death rates per 10,000 registered vehicles.
Data shows that, in 2013, about 90 people died on U.S. roads every day. The report took all types of fatal car accidents into account, including those that involved pedestrians and bicyclists. Major reasons cited as the cause of these deadly accidents include lack of seat belt use, impaired driving and speeding. Distracted driving is another factor, sources indicate, especially texting and driving.
The good news, according to the report, is that the country’s per capita death rate from motor vehicle accidents has decreased 31 percent in the past 13 years. However, this is significantly lower than the reduction rates in 19 other wealthy countries such as Denmark and Japan. The average rate of decline in the same time time period in all other countries studied was 56 percent, reports indicate.
Car accidents can have life-altering affects, including serious injuries such as broken bones and spinal cord injuries, and in some cases they can be fatal. Those who have lost a loved one in a collision that was caused by another motorist may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver. An experienced personal injury attorney can outline the types and amounts of damages that can be sought.