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In the United States, we love our cars. According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the machines that help us move from point A to point B kill more Americans than in any other industrialized country, CNN reports.
In the last 13 years, the US has reduced cars related deaths by 31%, but according to experts that’s a very small number compared to the average of 56% in 19 wealthy countries such as Denmark (63.5%).
“If the United States had reduced its death rate to the average of other countries, 18,000 more lives would have been saved,” according to the CDC report.
Other key findings are:
- The U.S. ranks first in crash deaths per 100,000 people
- The U.S. Ranks 2nd place in alcohol-related car deaths
- The U.S. has the 3rd lowest front seat belt use