Road Traffic Injuries 101: Quick Facts


The World Health Organization (WHO) has created a key fact sheet, reviewed in November of 2016, which shows the major risk factors and tips for prevention when it comes to road traffic injuries (RTI). Some of the most shocking facts include: around 1.25 million people die each year as a result of RTI, RTI is the leading cause of death among people aged 15-29 years, 90% of RTI occur in low to middle-income counties,  and half of the deaths are pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

WHO discovered that the main risk factors for RTI include socioeconomic status, age, and sex. People with a lower socioeconomic status are more likely to suffer, as are young people between the ages or 15 and 44, and males. Among all young drivers, males under the age of 25 are nearly 3 times more likely to be killed in a car crash compared to females. WHO suggests that if all sectors (education, police, health, etc.) are involved, the amount of RTIs can decrease dramatically. The pivotal focuses in prevention involve lowering speed, reducing drunk-driving, wearing helmets, and limiting distracted driving: specifically mobile phone use. WHO offers support through global research and presentation of data.

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