Friday, 26 August 2011

Why the US Lags Behind Europe in Accident Prevention

On the surface of it, it may seem to Los Angeles car accident lawyers that traffic accident fatalities in the United States have dropped dramatically. That is true to some extent, and last year, auto accident fatalities dropped to some of the lowest levels in decades. However, the fact is that the United States actually ranks near the bottom of the list when it comes to accident prevention efforts and successes.

European countries, Japan, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand have had far greater successes in reducing their accident fatality numbers. Even when you take into account differences in law enforcement styles, geographical factors and demographics, it is hard to deny the fact that these countries have made much greater progress in reducing accident deaths. For instance, countries in Europe boast some of the lowest fatalities per vehicle miles traveled. Additionally, in some of these countries, annual accident death rates are declining much faster than in the United States
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There are several reasons why countries in Europe, Canada and Australia have much lower accident rates. For one thing, many of these countries have stricter limits on drunk driving. In most states, the blood alcohol limit is .08%. In many European countries, the limit is just .05%. This means that police in those countries are able to take more drunk drivers off the streets
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Additionally, in many countries, sobriety checkpoints are almost a fact of life and are accepted as a necessary practice. In the United States, several states do not even allow sobriety checkpoints at all, and even the states that do, do not invest as much in these checkpoints as necessary
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Further, seat belt use is much higher in foreign countries. Motorcycle helmets are mandatory across most of Europe, Japan, Australia, and Canada. Besides, foreign countries don’t hesitate to enforce laws with the use of camera systems, another important safety mechanism that is the subject of great controversy here.

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