World Health Organisation

Worldwide toll of road accidents:

  • 1.2 million people worldwide are estimated to be killed each year on the roads – that’s around 3,000 deaths daily, 500 of them children.
  • 50 million people worldwide are believed to be injured in road crashes each year, 15 million seriously.
  • Low- and middle-income countries account for more than 85 per cent of global deaths from road traffic crashes.
  • The global financial cost of road traffic injuries is 518 billion USD each year.
  • The cost to low- and middle-income countries is 65 billion USD, more than all development aid income.
  • For males aged 15-44, road traffic injuries rank second (behind HIV/AIDS) as the leading cause of premature death and ill health worldwide.
  • By 2020, unless action is taken, road traffic injuries are predicted to rise overall by about 80 per cent in low- and middle-income countries.

Source: The “World report on road traffic injury prevention” jointly published in 2004 by the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO)

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