February 23, 2018

Horrifying Road Traffic Statistics From The Last Five Years


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As the world’s population increases, so does its road users. More and more cars, motorbikes and cycles join our roads every year causing more traffic and more accidents. Cars are dangerous vehicles and are responsible for the death of millions around the globe. We all know someone who has been involved or affected by a road accident. Whether it’s a death or an injury, it happens on a daily basis.

In this article we’re exploring some of the horrifying statistics associated with driving. It’s certainly true that the majority of road accidents take place in the developing world. The traffic infrastructure there is much worse than in the USA, Canada or Western Europe. The cars are also less well equipped with safety features. However, the statistics are still rather shocking in the developed world. This becomes particularly apparent when looking at drink driving numbers. Without further ado, let’s take a closer look.

1.3 million people die every year as a result of road accidents

In fact, road deaths are the 9th biggest killer on this planet. Road accidents are beaten only by devastating illnesses when it comes to mortality rates. This is a particularly shocking statistic when you consider how easily it could be reduced. Simple improvements in the developing world could help relieve congestion and improve roads. It could improve the safety features in our cars and enforce traffic laws. All of this could reverse this figure.

20-50 million more are injured or disabled

A long term injury or disability is another huge side effect of road accidents. This number is especially high when looking at figures for cyclists and motorbikes. There’s a reason why motorbike accident compensation is at an all time high. Road accident injuries can range from the smallest sprains to life altering disabilities. From a simple whiplash problem to complete paralysis, injury rates are varied and wide.

Drink driving is rising

The rate of drink driving is rising across the world. It has seen a particularly steep rise in the UK and America, despite efforts to crack down. In some parts of the country, it is still a deeply ingrained habit, and one that is difficult to break. Nearly 1,000 deaths in the UK every year are the result of drink drivers. A further 15,000 are injured.

Half of all traffic accidents involve young people

In fact, in the developed world, road accidents are the leading cause of death in young people. That’s higher than any disease, illness or condition. Looking directly at the numbers, 400,000 drivers aged 16-29 died last year in road accidents. Young people have always been considered riskier road users and the statistics confirm this.

Road accidents costs us $518 billion every year

This is a phenomenal sum of money which could be spent in much more effective ways. The costs are attributed to medical and emergency services that respond to the accidents. It’s also attributed to increased insurance premiums, the impact of road closures and congestion. Imagine if that money could be funneled into prevention techniques instead.

The numbers alone are enough to send a shiver down your spine. Stay safe, and drive carefully.

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