Violence and Injury Prevention

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.

Full report

The French and Spanish version do not yet include the country profiles. The French version does not include the statistical annexes either, but as for now the statistical annexes can be found below as a separate chapter, the country profiles will be put online shortly.



Cover and front matter

Executive summary

Chapter 1: Background

Chapter 2: The need for a global assessment of road safety

Chapter 3: The state of road safety around the world

Chapter 4: Conclusions


Country profiles

Statistical annexes

Global status report on road safety 2009

Report European region
English [pdf 6Mb] | Russian[pdf 6Mb]
Report South-East Asian region
English [pdf 2.83Mb]
Report Western Pacific region
English [pdf 2.47Mb]


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