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The U.S. ranks 4th in automobile accident deaths

According to the World Health Organization, 45,100 people died in automobile accidents in the United States in 2002, which made the United States rank fourth in that category. China ranked first, with 250,000 automobile accident deaths.


  1. anonymous
    3 July 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Wow, what a useless measure. How about ranking deaths per capita, per vehicle, or per vehicle- or passenger-mile?

  2. Mark
    3 July 2009 at 4:00 pm

    That the WHO collects such data suggests that it is of use to someone. I agree, though, that simple numbers often fail to tell meaningful stories.

  3. Anonymous
    1 January 2010 at 1:57 am

    I mean, China and India also have five times the population of the U.S…

  4. mysticaltyger
    6 October 2010 at 10:09 pm

    2002 is really old stats. The number of US auto accident deaths has dropped precipitously since 2002, especially over the last 3 or 4 years, since the recession hit and since gas prices went up.

    The total auto accident deaths for 2009 was down to 33,808. And the numbers for the first half of 2010, show a 9.2% decline compared with the first half of 2009.

    Click to access 811403.pdf

  5. Mark
    7 October 2010 at 6:26 am

    I agree. However, the international comparative data that I used was the most recent available. It came from a World Health Organization report published in 2008 that relied on 2002 data. In the blog post, I made certain to note that the ranking was based on 2002 data. If I can find comparative data more recent than that, I’ll certainly use it.

  6. mysticaltyger
    16 October 2010 at 7:59 pm

    @ Mark. I understand that trying to get recent comparative data is tough. But since we’ve made so much progress reducing auto accident deaths in the last 5 years, I suspect the relative rank of the US has inproved since 2002.

  7. Mark
    17 October 2010 at 2:12 pm

    It could be, and I’d love to see the data so that I can post an updated ranking.

  8. Anonymous
    29 August 2011 at 1:37 pm

    who actually comments on this dumb crap, people die cuz there idiots when they drive, whoopdi frikin doo

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