Traffic accidents a leading cause of death worldwide

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Like many other U.S. states, California has had its fair share of traffic-related accidents. Even worse, people have suffered catastrophic consequences, such as severe injury and death. At , we have witnessed the aftereffects firsthand. However, it appears that America is not the only country grappling with this problem.

In 2018, CNN reported that traffic-related accidents stood eighth in line when it came to the top causes for deaths around the world. To put this into better perspective, traffic-related accidents beat out even tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS as a global leading cause of death.

What is worse is that our young people often face the highest casualties, including those too young to drive. The age group identified as most affected by these deaths range from five to 29 years old. In fact, traffic accidents account for the leading cause of death around the world for this specific age group.

It is also well to note that car occupants accounted for only 29 percent of the reported statistics. Another 28 percent were operators of two or three-wheel motor vehicles, while an additional 26 percent were pedestrians and cyclists. Perhaps most ominous of all is the 17 percent labeled as “unidentified road users”.

However, researchers say it is not all bad. The death rate relative to the population size around the world has improved. Additionally, many companies have made big moves as far as putting better legislations in place. Even so, countries and their motorists may be a long way off from meeting the goals the United Nation set in place to make roadways safer by 2020.

Ultimately, road safety requires individual effort from motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to make a collective impact. Still, if the world has fallen so far behind on the United Nation’s goals, you might begin to wonder if we will ever catch up. For more information on motor vehicle accidents, please view our webpage.

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