Washington readers may be surprised to learn that it is more common for people to die in car accidents in the U.S. yearly than in other countries with high GDPs, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency says that more than 32,000 people died on American roads in 2013.
Over the last 13 years, the U.S. motor vehicle death rate has fallen by 31 percent. However, the death rates in 19 other wealthy countries have dropped by an average of 56 percent over the same period. In fact, the death rates in Spain and Denmark plummeted by 75.1 percent and 63.5 percent, respectively. The CDC reports that 18,000 more lives would have been saved if the U.S. had matched the average death rate decline of other countries.