WHO | 10 facts on global road safety

About 1.3 million people die each year on the world’s roads and between 20 and 50 million sustain non-fatal injuries. Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among young people, aged between 15 and 44.

This fact file presents data from the Global status report on road safety. This is the first broad assessment of the road safety situation in 178 countries. The results show that road traffic injuries remain an important public health problem, particularly for low-income and middle-income countries, and that significantly more action is needed to make the world’s roads safer.

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