More Americans killed by guns than car crashes
- Gunshots have surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of death by trauma in the US for the first time amid surging violent crime and suicide rates.
- A report by surgeons in New York state suggests that more than 1.4 million years of potential life are lost annually to gun crime and violence.
- Motor vehicle crashes were the single greatest cause of death for many years but deaths from firearms accelerated over the decade from 2009 to 2018.
- New research by surgeons at Westchester Medical Centre, published in the medical journal Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open, found that gun deaths rose by a yearly average of 0.72 per cent over the decade, to 38,929 deaths in 2018, while road accidents deaths fell by 0.07 per cent each year.
Source: The Times