We have produced a number of road fatality infographics which look at road fatalities around the world. We have split this information into a number of useful infographics, so you can get a better understanding, by continent, of how and why road fatalities occur and, from this, what things we can be doing to help lower road deaths. Some of the information we have uncovered highlights some very country-specific trends. The infographics look at relevant information such as deaths by age, deaths per 100,000 population, and the time of the day when road deaths are most common.

It’s interesting to learn how levels of income and education have an impact on road deaths – low and middle-income countries, for example, have 60% of the world’s vehicles but account for 93% of worldwide road deaths. Males account for 75% of all road deaths globally. Road deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa have increased by 84% since 1990, and in Paraguay, only 1% of motorists use a child restraint system. Learn more about these road fatality infographics by continent here:

Road Fatality Infographics by Continent:

North America Statistics
South America Statistics
Africa Statistics
Europe Statistics
Asia Statistics

It’s all too easy to see a figure of 1.35m (annual road deaths) and think little else. We have become somewhat hardened to statistics. They are thrown at us each day from the news, social media, at work and at school. But these 1.35m people who sadly lose their lives each year in road collisions are loved ones.

Behind each number is a person, a life. When that person is lost, it has a devastating impact on their family and friends.

Road deaths are not just drivers and occupants in cars. In fact, globally, they represent around 50% of all road deaths. The rest also include pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

Road safety needs to look further thank just safer driving….

Education and increased awareness of road safety is especially important in developing countries to help improve road safety and lower road deaths.

Men are more likely to die in road collisions. This statistic is similar throughout the world. This is partly down to the fact that men drive higher miles than women and are more likely to drive for work. But they are also more likely to take risks, enjoy the thrill of driving fast and showing off than women.

Road deaths are something we can have huge control over. Collisions don’t just ‘happen’, which is why many Police forces around the world no longer like to use the word “accident” – as it implies nothing could have been done to avoid an incident.

Which is not the case…


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