Car Crashes

Car Crashes

More people die in car crashes each year in the U.S. than in other high-income countries.

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Road traffic crashes are a leading cause of death in the United States for people aged 1–54 and a leading cause of death for healthy U.S. citizens residing or traveling abroad. Whether you're on the road at home or abroad, know the risks, get the facts, and take steps to protect your health and safety.

Throughout the world, roads are shared by cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles, mopeds, pedestrians, animals, taxis, and other travelers. Travel made possible by motor vehicles supports economic and social development in many countries. Yet each year, these vehicles are involved in crashes that are responsible for millions of deaths and injuries.

The road traffic crash death rate is three times higher in low-income countries than in high-income countries.

There were no reductions in the number of road traffic deaths in any low-income country from 2013 to 2016.

Low- and middle-income countries only account for 60 percent of the world's registered vehicles but more than 90 percent of the world's road traffic deaths.

Road traffic injuries place a huge economic burden on low- and middle-income countries. Each year, according to the latest available cost estimate (1998), road traffic injuries cost $518 billion worldwide and $65 billion in low- and middle-income countries, which exceeds the total amount that these countries receive in development assistance.

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