About half of the victims who die as a result of car accidents are “vulnerable road users.” They include pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
Even though laws against speeding and drink-driving as well as mandating the use of motorcycle helmets, seat-belts and child restraints exist, some countries don’t really enforce them. Without sustained action, road traffic crashes are predicted to become the seventh leading cause of death by 2030.
The risk of dying in a car accident still largely depends on where people live and how they move around, the WHO says. A big gap separates high-income countries from low- and middle- income ones where 90 percent of road traffic deaths occur in spite of having just 54 percent of the world’s vehicles. Africa has the highest death rates per capita.
The following list is based on information by WHO, World Atlas, and Country Reports.