Traffic Accidents Poised to Become the 5th Leading Cause of Death by 2030

The Infrastructurist examines a new infographic published by the World Health Organization (WHO) as part of their Global Status Report.

The infographic makes clear the oft-overlooked cost in human life we pay for convenient automotive travel. The findings include the fact that car accidents are the number one killer of 15-29 year olds, that 234,768 people die in traffic accidents in the Americas alone, and that almost 50% of those who die in traffic accidents are cyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists.

Interestingly, the report also shows that 90% of deaths occur in low or medium income countries, while over 50% of all registered vehicles are in high income countries. 62% of fatalities occur in just 10 countries: India, China, US, Russia, Brazil, Iran, Mexico, Indonesia, South Africa, and Egypt.

Full Story: How Cars Are Killing Us Around the World

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