From last week's <i>The Lancet</i>:
in 2013, 32 894 people died in vehicle crashes in the USA, equating to a death rate of 10·3 per 100 000 population. This was by far the highest rate of all 20 countries, and nearly twice as high as the comparison countries.
Sadly, the most obvious factors are to blame: alcohol-impaired driving caused a third of the US crashes, and the USA has one of the lowest rankings for
use of seat belts, with only 87% of car users using front-seat belts and 78% using rear-seat belts. Additionally, the USA defines drunk driving as a blood alcohol
concentration of 0·08%, whereas most of the other comparison countries use lower limits of 0·02-0·05%. The CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
noted that, per year in the USA, around 3000 lives could be saved by increasing seat-belt use to 100%, and up to 10 000 lives could be saved by eliminating