On a global scale, more than 1.2 million people die from automobile accidents while anywhere around 20-50 million suffer injuries. More than 50 percent of fatalities are adults between the ages of 15 and 44. Car crashes are one of the top ten leading causes of deaths in the world (9th overall).
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How does the United States fit into all of this?
In the United States, there are more than 37,000 fatalities due to road accidents per year, with over 2.3 million injured. More than 1,600 children under the age of 15 die from these crashes, while almost 8,000 are between the ages of 16 and 20.
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The good news however, is that the number of deaths compared to the total population has decreased over the past 26 years. In fact, the number of yearly deaths went down by almost 15 percent, and the number of deaths per capita also declined by an astounding 35 percent. In 2011 for example, there were 32,479 road-related deaths. This was the lowest it has ever been in over six decades.
It was found that almost 50 percent of all drivers who died in road accidents had alcohol in their system. Almost a third of drivers arrested for drunk driving are repeat offenders, and as many as 75 percent of drunk drivers drive with suspended licenses.
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