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Where Are The Most Fatal Road Crashes in The World

  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  Statistics
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling

Fatal crashes are worldwide. Not a single country escapes these deadly accidents, not matter how good drivers have been trained, not matter how good the roads are. Accidents happen, and often are met with deadly results. But where are the deadliest places on earth to be riding your motorcycle (or car)?

The University of Michigan, Transportation Research Institute, using data from the United Nation WHO, compared death rates in countries worldwide. In their report, they actually compared it with other causes of death, and the only thing that becomes apparent from the report is that you have a bigger chance of dying of heart disease or cancer than in an accident in the USA.

On average worldwide, per 100,000 people, there are 18 fatalities caused by accidents. That's the global average. The country with the highest death rate is Namibia with 45 per 100,000. The lowest rate, 22 times lower than Namibia, is the Maldives with only 2 dead per 100,000 (though that figure is a bit displaced since the road network in the Maldives is non-existent, so low speeds and few people actually drive). For comparison, the USA's figure is 14 per 100,000 so better than the world average.

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The top 10 worst countries are:

1 Namibia: 45
2 Thailand: 44
3 Iran: 38
4 Sudan: 36
5 Swaziland: 36
6 Venezuela: 35
7 Congo: 34
8 Malawi: 32
9 Dominican Republic: 32
10 Iraq: 32

The top 10 best countries are:

184 Switzerland: 5
185 Netherlands: 4
186 Antigua and Barbuda: 4
187 Tonga: 4
188 Israel: 4
189 Marshall Islands: 4
190 Fiji: 4
191 Malta: 3
192 Tajikistan: 3
193 Maldives: 2

Notice that the "good" countries are all smaller countries. Interesting...

European countries fall in the middle with the UK in 180th place with 5, Germany in 168th with 6 and France in 160th with 7.

You can read the whole list and report by clicking here Open Deepblue.Lib.Umich link in a new window (Adobe PDF file)

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