US road accident casualties: every one mapped across America

The Guardian (UK) has published a map that is getting some serious attention: It’s an interactive representation of the 369,629 people who died on America’s roads between 2001 and 2009.

The map — and the numbers — are powerful to say the least. But they’re not just numbers.  Carnage on our roads is happening every day and it takes a massive human and economic toll.

Take a few minutes to explore this map. When I did, I felt a twinge of queasiness as all the little dots fluttered around the screen and I realized that “Each dot represents a life.”

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