The United States is believed to have more people die in car crashes each year than in any other high-income countries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
A CDC report said if the U.S. reduced its death rate to the average of other countries, approximately 18,000 more lives would have been saved.
Data from the World Health Organization and Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development compared data from U.S. numbers and 19 other countries. Both took into consideration accidents pertaining and involving drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists.
The U.S. performed badly in other measures as well, ranking first in crash deaths per 100,000 people and per 10,000 registered vehicles, the second highest in the percentage of deaths involving alcohol and the third lowest in a national front seat belt use among the 20 countries involved in the data comparison.
The CDC suggests setting up public sobriety checkpoints as a proposition to help reduce deaths occurring from drunk drivers, as well as lowering blood alcohol concentration limits, and enforcing the minimum legal age of 21 years-old in the U.S.
Wearing seat belts and making sure children are properly buckled properly into their car seat or booster seat, driving sober and not impaired by drugs or alcohol, obeying speed limits or signs and driving without distractions (using a cellphone or texting) are ways to improve road safety.