The United States has higher population-based, distance-based, and vehicle-based motor vehicle crash death rates compared with other high-income countries, according to research published in the July 1 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Merissa A. Yellman, M.P.H., and Erin K. Sauber-Schatz, Ph.D., from the CDC in Atlanta, measured progress in reducing motor vehicle crash deaths by calculating population-based, distance-based, and vehicle-based death rates in 2015 and 2019 for the United States and 28 other high-income countries.
The researchers found that in 2019, the United States had the highest population-based death rate (11.1 per 100,000 population) among the 29 high-income countries, which was 2.3 times the average rate of the other 28 countries (4.8 per 100,000 population). The 2019 U.S. distance-based death rate was higher than the average rate among 20 other countries (1.11 versus 0.92 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled). Furthermore, the U.S. vehicle-based death rate was higher than in 27 other high-income countries (1.21 versus 0.78 per 10,000 registered vehicles). From 2015 to 2019, the population-based death rate increased 0.1 percent in the United States, whereas the average change in 27 other high-income countries was −10.4 percent.
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