Road safety – the global record, key statistics and factors

Road traffic crashes and consequential injuries are the tenth most common cause of death. Road traffic deaths have increased by about 13 per cent globally since the year 2000. Crashes lead to 1.35 million deaths worldwide in 2016, equal to a global rate of 18.2 per 100,000 population. To further place these numbers in perspective, more than 3,700 people die each day because of road traffic crashes. Road traffic injuries are now the leading killer of people between the age of 5 to 29. Low-income countries had the highest mortality rate due to road traffic injuries with 27.5 deaths per 100,000 population. Road injuries were also among the ten leading causes of death in both lower-middle- and upper-middle-income countries, with rates of 19.1 and 19.5 deaths per 100,000 population respectively.

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