Motor vehicle accident fatality numbers seem ever higher, but where does the UK fit into the picture on a worldwide scale? Many people believe that the Western World leads the way with motor vehicle accidents. Perhaps this can be blamed on this culture’s obsession with beautifully made vehicles. However, one must also consider how progressive our car manufacturers are when it comes to safety elements.
A recent report suggests those safety features actually push us pretty far down the list in the number of accident fatalities throughout the country. The report suggests that the countries that top the list of most fatalities include the Dominican Republic, Thailand, Nigeria, and Chad. In fact, topping the list is the country by the name of Eritrea, where, on average, more than 48 out of every one hundred thousand people will suffer a fatal death on the roadways each year. This compares to 3.5 out of 100,000 citizens of the United Kingdom who will suffer the same fate in the same amount of time.
It’s nice to see just how many countries within the ‘Western World’ fall at the very bottom of this list. Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway all have fewer accidents per 100,000 inhabitants per year than the United Kingdom. Even in the United States, where the number of miles driven by the average person is substantially greater than in most countries, there are still only 11 1/2 deaths per 100,000 citizens annually.
While these figures speak very well for British people, the truth is that there are still far too many accidents each year, and people are injured each and every day as a result of crashes. Though they may live to tell the tale, the costs associated with repairs and time away from work can be substantial. When someone else is negligent for your injuries, you do have the right to seek compensation.
To learn more about the report and the statistics in it, take a look the statistics from the World Health Organization now.