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Global Road Safety

Road traffic crashes are the world’s leading cause of death for individuals aged 15 through 29 years.

Throughout the world, roads are shared by cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles, mopeds, pedestrians, animals, taxis and other categories of travelers. Travel made possible by motor vehicles supports economic and social development in many countries. Yet each year, these vehicles are involved in crashes that are responsible for 1.25 million deaths and 20-50 million injuries.1

Whether you’re on the road at home or abroad, know the risks and take steps to protect your safety.

  • CDC Vital Signs: About 90 people die each day in the US from crashes - resulting in the highest death rate among comparison countries. #VitalSigns
  • CDC Vital Signs: US crash deaths fell 31% compared to an average of 56% in 19 other high-income countries from 2000-2013. #VitalSigns
  • CDC Vital Signs: Over 18,000 lives could be saved each year if US crash deaths equaled the average rate of 19 other high-income countries. #VitalSigns

CDC Feature Article: Global Road Safety

Globally, every year, about 1.25 million people are killed in motor vehicle crashes and 20–50 million more are seriously injured. Without further action, close to 2 million people will be killed in motor vehicle crashes each year by 2030.


WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety

Road traffic crashes injure or disable more than 20 million each year around the world. Nearly 3,500 people are killed each day.


CDC’s Work in Global Road Safety

CDC provides direct technical assistance to governmental and non-governmental organizations to build better systems to collect and analyze data on road traffic injuries and to use data to plan and evaluate programs.



  1. World Health Organization. Road Traffic Injuries Fact Sheet. May 2017 [cited 2017 June 6]. Available from URL: