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Traffic safety is a concern for all road development and safety officials due to its impact on the preservation of human life and society, as traffic safety does not only affect vehicle drivers, but also affects the entire society and country, here is a set of data conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which indicated the importance of traffic safety in numbers and analyses related to the impact of traffic accidents on public health, economic development and community development in the numbers of expected accidents and how to avoid them, we review them for you in the following paragraphs.

The effects of traffic safety on public health

According to the 2018 WHO Global Traffic Safety Statistics Report, traffic accidents result in the death of one million three hundred and fifty thousand (1,350,000) people annually and fifty million injuries.

The statistics also indicated that in 2030, traffic accidents and non-compliance with traffic safety instructions will become the seventh global cause of death of people every day, while currently, vehicle accidents are the 10th global cause of death according to the same statistics, meaning that if traffic safety measures are not taken properly and firmly, accidents will increase dramatically within a few years due to the increase in traffic density and the doubling of the number of vehicles.

Statistics from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for Traffic Safety show that the death rate from these accidents triples in middle and low-income countries due to a lack of awareness of traffic safety despite the fact that they only have 50% of the world’s vehicles, meaning that according to the statistics, half the number of vehicles cause three times more deaths than the average.

In addition, these accidents are the number one cause of death for youth and children globally between the ages of five to twenty-nine.

Statistics on the impact of traffic safety on the economy

Traffic accident losses cost countries annually from 3% to 5% of the total national income, because, contrary to popular belief, the cost does not stop at the cost of treating the driver of the vehicle and those with him or repairing the vehicle or the road only, but the circle of damages expands to much more than that, as the costs are manifold as follows:

  • Emergency services costs for rescue operations
  • Health care costs for the affected person.
  • Social care costs for the injured person.
  • Days lost without work for those affected by the accident.
  • Work is also disrupted or made less efficient for the circle of acquaintances of the parties affected by the accident due to their psychological condition.

The World Bank stated in 2018 that the toll from traffic accidents is unacceptable, especially in countries that do not invest in traffic safety systems, losing between 7% and 22% of a country’s potential per capita income growth over 24 years.

Global statistics about traffic safety

Statistics on the impact of traffic safety on social status

Traffic accidents increase with increasing speeds, but one of the most important things to note is that more than 50% of road accidents occur to (cyclists – pedestrians) due to the lack of adequate protection elements. Low chances of surviving the accident, unlike vehicle occupants, according to statistics of Traffic Safety from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the World Health Organization has called them ‘VULNERABLE’. The term refers to the most vulnerable passengers

The United Nations (UN) has set sustainable development goals for traffic safety by 2030, referred to as SDGs SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Global statistics about traffic safety


SDG 3.6

The number of deaths and injuries resulting from accidents due to non-compliance with traffic safety rules has been halved, according to official statistics

SDG 9.1

Develop high-quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and cross-border infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on real access and affordability for traffic safety

SDG 11.2

By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, easily accessible and sustainable transportation systems for all, and improve traffic safety, especially through the expansion of public transport, paying particular attention to the needs of vulnerable groups, women, children, persons with disabilities and the elderly and focus more on traffic safety. 

After all of the above, we realize the importance of traffic safety and adherence to Traffic Safety rules. According to statistics, the impact of traffic accidents on the individual and society is severe, so the use of the latest traffic safety systems from the ends of road barriers, shock absorption systems or different types of cat’s eyes is of great importance by the Industrial Road Witness Group to create The Future of safety roads.

Global statistics about traffic safety

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