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The U.S. ranks 93rd in automobile accident death rates

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 15.5 out of every 100,000 Americans died in an automobile accident in 2002, a death rate that makes the United States rank ninety-third in that category. Sierra Leone ranks first, with an automobile accident death rate of 64.3 out of 100,000 people.

Automobile Accident Death Rates.xlsx

  1. david hastings
    21 October 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Thanks for posting this blog, which I have just come across. I’m the creator of possibly the first Human Security Index, which has been published (but I’m awaiting a couple of revisions before offering up the 2 source Websites so far). That HSI, and some of the component indicators (like the World Prison Population List, and the World Bank Institute’s ranking of countries by “legal corruption” to complement the traditional “illegal corruption” that is often ranked) might be of interest to you, if you haven’t included them (I haven’t read your entire blog.. yet).

    When I follow your link, and other wise search WHO’s Website for the auto mortality cata, I can’t find them. Is there a specific page, or “magic words” to use in Google? “Automobile Accident Death Rates” doesn’t seem to work for me..

  2. Mark
    21 October 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Hi David,

    Thanks for your interest in my work. I’ll definitely be interested in your own material; please e-mail me when you get it up. As far as this particular ranking goes, the WHO site that the link takes you to has a mortality database excel file near the bottom. That excel file has lots of kinds of mortality data, including the automobile accidents.

  3. 1 November 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Hi Mark,

    Thanx for the response. I now see the data.

    The Website is getting its basic content this weekend. So by sometime this week might be worth a brief visit (and, hopefully more worth a visit as it evolves).



  4. mysticaltyger
    19 November 2009 at 2:51 pm

    The good news is that US auto accident deaths reached a record low in 2008, and are on track to be even lower in 2009. I think a bad economy and $4 a gallon gas in 2008 probably forced people to drive less, which saved lives.

    Follow this link and then click on the link at the bottom of the page for more info:


  5. ChrisW
    6 January 2010 at 10:50 am

    Death rate per mile driven is a better statistic in terms of measuring vehicle and driver safety. Death rate per person is more a societal issue with the distance we travel every day in the US.

  6. Anonymous
    18 September 2014 at 6:49 pm

    that is a big rip off!

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