International Road Crash Statistics

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Annual Global Road Crash Statistics

Global Crash Statistics

The following statistics on Global Road crashes comes from ASIRT, the Association for Safe International Road Travel

The Association for Safe International Road Travel is a non-profit, humanitarian organisation that promotes road travel safety through education and advocacy.

The organisation was established in 1995 by Rochelle Sobel, president and founder in response to her son Aron's death in a bus crash in Turkey.

ASIRT is an internationally influential and active organisation and they have helped found the US Congressional Caucus on Global Road Safety.

Working under the premise that road crashes are predictable and preventable, ASIRT serves the global community in a variety of ways to help reduce injuries and deaths and the associated social and economic impacts that result from them.

They serve as a resource to governments, corporations, travel organisations, guidebooks, study abroad programs, health/travel clinics and non-governmental organisations.

ASIRT also helps to foster the development of new road safety organisations in other countries.


Annual Global Road Crash Statistics

  • Nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year, on average 3,287 deaths a day
  • An additional 20-50 million are injured or disabled
  • More than half of all road traffic deaths occur among young adults ages 15-44.
  • Road traffic crashes rank as the 9th leading cause of death and accounts for 2.2% of all deaths globally
  • Road crashes are the leading cause of death among young people ages 15-29, and the second leading cause of death worldwide among young people ages 5-14
  • Each year nearly 400,000 people under 25 die on the world's roads, on average over 1,000 a day
  • Over 90% of all road fatalities occur in low and middle-income countries, which have less than half of the world's vehicles
  • Road crashes cost USD $518 billion globally, costing individual countries from 1-2% of their annual GDP
  • Road crashes cost low and middle-income countries USD $65 billion annually, exceeding the total amount received in developmental assistance
  • Unless action is taken, road traffic injuries are predicted to become the fifth leading cause of death by 2030.

Road Crash Statistics

Annual United States Road Crash Statistics

  • Over 37,000 people die in road crashes each year
  • An additional 2.35 million are injured or disabled
  • Over 1,600 children under 15 years of age die each year
  • Nearly 8,000 people are killed in crashes involving drivers ages 16-20
  • Road crashes cost the U.S. $230.6 billion per year or an average of $820 per person
  • Road crashes are the single greatest annual cause of death of healthy U.S. citizens travelling abroad


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