Global Road Safety Issues

The number of people killed and injured as a result of road traffic crashes makes wars and natural disasters pale into insignificance. But the carnage is largely accepted as a normal part of daily life. The number of seriously injured people as the result of road traffic crashes in a year exceeds the total Australian population….

Each year nearly 1.3 million people die as a result of a road traffic collision—more than 3000 deaths each day—and more than half of these people are not travelling in a car.

Twenty to fifty million more people sustain non-fatal injuries from a collision, and these injuries are an important cause of disability worldwide. Ninety percent of road traffic deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, which claim less than half the world’s registered vehicle fleet.

Road traffic injuries are among the three leading causes of death for people between 5 and 44 years of age.

The economic consequences of motor vehicle crashes have been estimated between 1% and 3% of the respective GNP of the world countries, reaching a total over $500 billion.

The full report is here.

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