10 facts on global road safety

Updated December 2018

About 1.35 million people die each year on the world's roads and between 20 and 50 million sustain non-fatal injuries. Road traffic crashes are a major cause of death among all age groups and the leading cause of death among children aged 5-14 and young adults aged 15–29 years.

This fact file presents data from WHO's most recent Global health estimates and the Global status report on road safety, published in 2018. The reports show that road traffic injuries remain an important public health problem. To reduce the number of road traffic deaths and injuries, a holistic framework such as the Safe System approach needs to be adopted to ensure a safe transport system for all road users.

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