Road Accidents – A bigger problem than you might believe!
We are all aware of the effects of car and road traffic accidents. In Ireland the RSA have been conducting campaigns for many years now to help reduce the number of car accidents and deaths as a result of road traffic accidents on our roads.
Some progress has been made in recent years in reducing the level of road traffic accidents but much work remains to be done. Here are some frightening statistics collected on the subject of road traffic accidents which give us all food for thought!
- 1.24 million people were killed as a result of road traffic accidents around the world in 2010
- Each day, an estimated 3,400 people are killed globally in road traffic crashes involving cars, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, trucks, or pedestrians. Half of those people killed in crashes, globally, are pedestrians, motorcyclists, and cyclists.
- Road traffic injuries are estimated to be the eighth leading cause of death globally and the leading cause of death for young people aged 15–29.
- Current trends show that by 2030, road traffic injuries will become the fifth leading cause of death globally!!
- Road traffic injuries place a huge economic burden on low- and middle-income countries and are estimated to cost more than 100 billion U.S. dollars per year.
Steps for Safety At Home and Abroad
Motor vehicle and pedestrian crashes are a public health concern on a national and international level.
These personal injuries and deaths are preventable.
Whether you are a driver, passenger, cyclist, or pedestrian, take the following steps to stay safe on the road:
- Always use age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seat, and seat belts.
- Be alert when crossing streets, especially in countries where motorists drive on the left side of the road.
- Ride only in marked taxis and try to ride in those that have seat belts.
- Avoid riding in overcrowded, overweight, or top-heavy buses or minivans.
- Avoid drinking before driving, even in small amounts.
- Avoid activities that distract you from driving, like texting or talking on a cell phone.
- Check ahead for driving hazards or risks such as flooding.