The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released a list of the ten cities with the highest rates of young people dying in car accidents. Unfortunately, both Nashville and Memphis placed near the top.
In Nashville, 22.7 young people perished in car accidents for every 100,000 people. The CDC defined young people as anyone between the ages of 15-24.
Most of the top ten cities on the list are in the south:
- Birmingham, Ala.: 25.8
- Jacksonville, Fla.: 25.4
- Nashville, Tenn.: 22.7
- Memphis, Tenn.: 22
- Houston, Texas: 21.5
- Oklahoma City, Okla.: 19.7
- San Antonio, Texas: 19.6
- Tampa, Fla.: 19.5
- Raleigh, N.C.: 19.4
- 10. St. Louis, Mo.: 19.4
The overall national rate for car accident deaths is 11.1 per 100,000 residents, and the CDC says that car accidents are the leading cause of death for our nation’s youth. Overall, Nashville had a rate of 13 accidents per 100,000 people.
In our following posts, we will look at why these rates are so high and what we can do to lower them.
Losing a child is the worst thing that can happen to a parent. If you know a young person who passed away in a car accident, we offer our sincere sympathies. If you would like to talk to someone to find out if you can take action against the parties responsible for the tragic passing, call us at no charge: (615) 866-3938.
“My flesh and heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” – Psalm 73:26