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Reductions in U.S. car crash fatalities lag behind other nations

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the per capita rate of car accident fatalities has gone down by 31 percent in Texas and throughout the U.S. between 2000 and 2013. Despite this progress, a CDC representative said that the country had a greater potential for safety improvements. When the CDC compared those statistics to 19 other high-income countries, the United States came in last place for the reduction of roadway deaths.

According to the CDC report, Spain and Denmark distinguished themselves with reductions of 75.1 and 63.5 percent, respectively. The average decline in motor vehicle deaths among the 19 countries was 56 percent. This is a full 25 percentage points higher than the United States' improvement.

If declines in the U.S. had reached the average level, 18,000 people would not have died over the course of 13 years. Data collected by the CDC for 2013 produced a death toll of approximately 32,000 people for that year. This calculates to about 90 lives lost each day. To pursue safety improvements, the CDC report advised people to use their seat belts, avoid driving while intoxicated and stop using smartphones while driving.

A person who causes a crash while texting or drinking while driving could be considered a negligent driver. This designation might expose that person to liability for the damages inflicted on a crash victim. Someone hurt in a crash might ask an attorney familiar with car accidents to file a personal injury lawsuit. An attorney could document the evidence from a police report and perhaps gain additional testimony from an accident reconstruction specialist. The attorney could then show this information to a court and ask a judge to award a settlement.

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