Road Traffic Death Rates

Estimated road traffic fatalities per 100,000 population

  • Source: WHO

The traffic deaths rate data produced by the World Health Organization (WHO) give mortality data from road traffic injuries. To estimate road traffic fatal injury, countries were classified into 4 groups as follows: (1) Countries with death registration data completeness of at least 80%. For this category, one of the following data points was used: death registration, projection of the most recent death registration, reported death, or projected reported deaths. (2) Countries with other sources of information on cause of death. This group includes India, Iran, Thailand, and Vietnam. For these countries, a regression method was used to project forward the most recent year for which an estimate of total road traffic deaths was available. (3) Countries with population less than 150,000 and without eligible death registration data. For these countries, the deaths reported in the survey were used directly, without adjustment. (4) Countries without eligible death registration data. For these countries, a negative binomial regression model was used. Resource Watch shows only a subset of the data set. For access to the full data set and additional information, see the Learn More link.

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Estimated road traffic death rate (per 100 000 population)


Most countries do not have robust reporting systems: in 2009, only 34 countries produced high-quality cause-of-death data, 85 countries produced lower-quality data, and 74 countries produced none.

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World Health Organization. 2015. "Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015." Accessed through Resource Watch, (date).


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