Nearly 1.3 million people die in auto crashes globally yearly. This makes car accident deaths the ninth-leading cause of death in the world according to the Association for Safe International Travel. As a Phoenix car accident lawyer, I found the statistics showing what caused the accidents interesting.
Ninety percent of fatal car accidents occur in low-to-middle-income countries. The Dominican Republic has the most car accident deaths per capita with a death rate of 41.7 deaths per 100,000 people. Thailand was second with 38.1 per 100,000 people. Venezuela was third with 37.1 per 100,000 people followed by Iran with 34.1 per 100,000 people. Nigeria was fifth with 33.7 car accident deaths per 100,000 people.
The data suggests that factors such as maximum speed limit had no correlation with car accident death rates. The Dominican Republic, which has the most car accident deaths, actually has one of the lowest urban speed limits. It’s possible that the higher death rates are attributed to poor infrastructure and more dangerous cars in these countries.
One contributing factor that studies do show is that drunk driving poses a huge threat. Studies suggest that lowering legal blood alcohol limits great reduces car accident deaths. Lowering it from .08 percent to .05 percent can decrease auto accident deaths anywhere from eight to 18 percent.
The experts at Healthgrove used data from the World Health Organization to conduct the study. It would be interesting to see how many car accident deaths are attributed to distracted driving in the age of smartphones. Smart phones are not only common in Arizona and the United States, but are becoming increasingly common in low-to-middle income countries. Unfortunately, the World Health Organization has not yet compiled enough data to examine how many traffic injuries and deaths are attributed to distracted driving. The data also may not be accurate because it’s possible that many drivers do not admit they were using their smartphone when involved in an accident.