The developed country that has the highest rate of death from accidents is South Korea, with almost 13% of its deaths being accidental. The average per year is about 31,000 lives lost, with about 3,000 of those being students. South Korea also has experienced more instances of accidents that are beyond the more common vehicle accidents of other developed countries. These include ferry boat accidents, gas explosions, plane crashes and bridges or buildings. This high accident rate is thought to be the result of the country’s lack of governmental safety regulations for public transportation, building codes and other potentially dangerous activities. All of this has led to South Korea being referred to as “the land of disasters.”
More about accident death rates:
- The southern African country of Namibia has the highest rate of vehicle fatalities, at about 45 deaths for every 100,000 people, according to 2014 findings.
- More than 1 million people every year die while working at their jobs.
- After motor vehicle accidents, the most likely accidental death in the US is unintentional poisoning.