Road Safety Information


  • Around 1.24 million people around the world die yearly as a result of road accidents.

  • Road accidents are the main cause of death among youths aged 15 to 29, and the second leading cause of death among children aged 5 to 14.

  • A total of 91% of deaths in road accidents occur in low-income countries, even though these countries account for approximately half of all the vehicles that exist in the world.

  • Half the people who die on the road are “vulnerable road users,” who arepedestrians, cyclists and people on motorcycles.

  • In 2010, the U.N. General Assembly declared the period 2011-2020 to be the «Decade of Action for Road Safety,»with the goal of stabilizing and reducing fatalities in road accidents around the world.

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned about the stark reality of road accidents, as they are one of the main causes of premature death and physical disability for people aged five and older. Figures for 2020 are even more discouraging: the number of people who die in such accidents will rise to nearly 1.9 million, surpassing deaths from malaria or tuberculosis.

  • The World Health Organization estimates that health care costs stemming from the lack of road safety will be surpassed only by those of caring for people with HIV/AIDS. Without immediate action, it is estimated that road accidents will cause around 1.9 million deaths a year by 2020.

  • Important Links:
    Road Safety Strategy - IADB
    Progress in road safety in Latin America and the Caribbean 2010-2012
    Project Yellow Light awarded for work raising road safety awareness

Let's work together to create a region free of road accidents!