According to the World Health Organization, more than one million lives are claimed in traffic accidents worldwide each year, with more than a quarter among pedestrians and cyclists.
As part of the United Nations’ “Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020”, the WHO has produced a compendium of country-by-country statistics related to road safety.
The 2013 Global Status Report on Road Safety focuses mainly on five risk factors related to speed, impaired driving, helmets, seat-belts, and child restraints.
The report notes that only 28 countries, accounting for just seven percent of the world’s population, have laws to address these factors.
The report estimates that road traffic accidents are the eighth leading cause of deaths worldwide.