Countries where road accident injury is the main killer

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Every year, millions of people lose their lives due to injuries received in road accidents. Most of the people who are killed include cyclists, bikers and pedestrians. However, a sizeable number of drivers are killed due to rash or drunk driving or other factors. Majority of the countries where the number of deaths in road traffic injury is 32 and above are located in Africa. The only two nations out of Africa are Thailand and Iran.

In Strife-torn Libya, road traffic accidents are also one of the leading killers. According to a World Bank data, in 2013 the number of people who died from road traffic injuries was 73.4 per 100,000 people. Thailand, which occupies the second spot, comes a distant second to Libya. In Thailand, the number of people who died due to road traffic injury was 36.2 per 100,000 people followed by Malawi with 35 per 100,000. In Iran the number of deaths in road accidents was 32.1 per 100,000 people. Other nations in this category are Liberia, Congo Democratic Republic, Tanzania, Central African Republic, and Rwanda. In fact, road accidents are a serious issue in most of the African nations with a majority of them witnessing the number of deaths due to road traffic injury in the range of 25 and above per 100,000.

India, which is the second most populous nation in the world and is witnessing an increase in the number of vehicles on the road every year, was much better placed in the World Bank list. In India, the number of deaths due to road traffic injury was 16.6 per 100,000. In fact, Iraq was much better placed than its neighbor Iran. In Iraq the number was 20.2 per 100,000. India’s neighbor China recorded 18.8 per 100,000. In the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and many European nations the number of deaths due to road traffic injury was less than 10 per 100,000.

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