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Global deaths from road incidents plateau

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 20 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5565
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Some 1.25 million people die in road traffic incidents each year, a number that has stabilised in recent years, a study by the World Health Organization has found.

Despite growth in the global population and increasing car use the annual number of deaths has plateaued since 2007, the report showed.1 Between 2010 and 2013 there was a 16% increase in the number of registered motorised vehicles, and in 2014 there were a record 67 million new passengers on the world’s roads.

People living in low and middle income countries were more likely to die in road traffic incidents than those in high …

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