Tennessee drivers may be under the impression that U.S. roadways are safer than those of other countries. However, a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the U.S. has a reduced its car accident fatality rate far less than 19 other wealthy nations.
According to the report, which was released July 6, the U.S. has reduced its vehicle accident death rate by 31 percent over the past 13 years. That is good news, but 19 other wealthy countries have done much better over the same period of time, averaging a decline of 56 percent. Spain's death rate has plummeted by a remarkable 75.1 percent, and Denmark's rate has dropped by 63.5 percent. The U.S. has seen the slowest rate of reduction. The CDC reports that another 18,000 American lives could have been avoided if the U.S. had matched the death rate reduction average of other wealthy countries.