Violence and Injury Prevention

Global status report on road safety 2009

Global status report on road safety

Approximately 1.3 million people die each year on the world's roads, and between 20 and 50 million sustain non-fatal injuries. The Global status report on road safety is the first broad assessment of the road safety situation in 178 countries, using data drawn from a standardized survey. The results show that road traffic injuries remain an important public health problem, particularly for low-income and middle-income countries.

Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists make up almost half of those killed on the roads, highlighting the need for these road users to be given more attention in road safety programmes. The results suggest that in many countries road safety laws need to be made more comprehensive while enforcement should be strengthened. The Global status report on road safety results clearly show that significantly more action is needed to make the world's roads safer.

New Global status report

New regional reports launched

WHO European Region
English [pdf 6Mb] | Russian [pdf 6Mb]

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region
More information

WHO Region of the Americas
Spanish [pdf 3.6Mb]

WHO South-East Asia Region
English [pdf 2.83Mb]

WHO Western Pacific Region
English [pdf 2.47Mb]

WHO African Region

Technical content


Full report, separate chapters and summary in various languages.

Key facts

An overview of the key facts of the report.


Data, used to assess the status of road safety in all Member States.


Overview of the methodology used for data collection.



High-resolution pictures from the report for public use.


WHO Director-General and experts about the report.


General background and key findings from the report


A compilation of footage of road traffic situations and interviews.

Press materials

Press release: English and other languages

- Key facts
- Statements
- Q & A
- B-roll
- Pictures



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