Violence and Injury Prevention

Key facts

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Detailed data per specific topic by country/area

Most road traffic deaths occur in low-income and middle-income countries


Over 90% of the world’s fatalities on the roads occur in low-income and middle-income countries, which have only 48% of the world’s registered vehicles.

Nearly half of those dying on the world’s roads are vulnerable road users


Pedestrians, cyclists, and riders of motorized two-wheeler and their passengers ("vulnerable road users") account for around 46% of global road traffic deaths.

Few countries have road safety laws relating to key risk factors that are sufficiently comprehensive in scope:

Enforcement of laws relating to key risk factors for road traffic injuries is poor in many countries


Enforcement of road safety laws is often lacking.

Additional information: current situation and evolution


Road traffic fatalities are predicted to rise to the fifth leading cause of death by 2030, resulting in an estimated 2.4 million fatalities per year.



Global status report on road safety 2009

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