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CDC concerned over high car crash fatality rate

Illinois motorists may be aware that the CDC has issued a car crash report comparing the U.S. with 19 wealthy nations, and there are concerns over the higher rate of fatal car crashes in the U.S. The report also looked at the number of car crashes where alcohol was a factor as well as the overall reduction on the rate of car crashes over 13 years.

The Vital Signs report showed that while the U.S. had lowered its rate of fatalities in car crashes from 2000 to 2013, it had the slowest rate of reduction, at 31 percent. The average for the other 19 countries was 56 percent, with countries such as Denmark having reduced fatal accidents by over 63 percent during the same period. In the report, the U.S. also figured as the number one country for deaths per 100,000 people as well as per 10,000 registered cars. The CDC found it to be second in deaths from accidents where alcohol was involved in a car accident. At the other end, the U.S. is currently third lowest in front seat-belt usage.

Experts believe that the high rates of fatalities in the U.S. are due to factors such as speeding, the inconsistent use of seat belts and alcohol use. The report issued recommendations for lowering the rate such as enforcing seat-belt use at all times for all types of trips, obeying speeding limits and not drinking or using drugs when driving, having authorities enforce strict rules when it comes to the age of drinking and using technology to track BAC levels in drivers.

Such high rates of fatal car crashes also result in many personal injuries. When a person is injured in a crash, the victim might seek economic and non-economic compensation for their losses. A victim might seek the guidance of a personal injury lawyer about local legislation, types of claims and possible compensation before deciding to file a claim.

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