Violence and Injury Prevention

Faces behind the figures: voices of road traffic crash victims and their families

The World Health Organization and the Association for Safe International Road Travel have jointly developed a book entitled "Faces behind the figures: voices of road traffic crash victims and their families", to put a human face on the statistics presented in the many road safety reports published around the world.

The stories demonstrate the physical, psychological, emotional and economic devastation that results from road traffic injuries. These stories deepen our understanding of the enormous suffering behind each of the 1.2 million deaths and 50 million injuries every year. Despite the losses experienced, a number of the affected victims and their families used this tragedy to initiate activities to promote road safety in their countries and around the world. We remind readers that the handful of stories in this book represent only a minuscule fraction of the lives lost, families shattered, and countless others hurt around the world by this epidemic.

The cries of pain in this book are echoed a million times a year, over 3 000 times a day. They are a call for action – and they demand a response. We hope that individuals, organizations and governmental agencies can use these stories to raise public awareness, capture media attention and help create a political and social environment that will not tolerate inaction and will demand road safety improvement.

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