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Road Traffic Death Rates Across Countries of the World, 2013

on Sun, 10/18/2015 - 15:10

Yesterday, October 19th, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) released the publication "Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015" highlighting the current situation on road safety around the World, level of death rate from road traffic crashes, and progress on implementation of interventions and public policies to reduce the current burden and avoid injuries, disabilities and avoidable deaths.

The report includes a statistical annex (in pdf format), presenting a set of metrics regarding road traffic mortality at country level in text tables. I extracted the data from the pdf file using ScraperWiki, and with some minor edits I get a data set ready to analyze and visualize. The visualization shows the level and ditribution of road traffic death rates per 100,000 population across countries of the World.  

Key Findings

  • It is estimated a total of 1.2 million road traffic fatalitiies annually for a death rate of 17.3 per 100,000 population.
  • Low income countries have the highest death rate of 24.2 per 100,000 population, 2.6 times higher than the group of high income countries
  • The map shows the heterogenious geographic distribution of death rates across countries, giving a clear idea that road users around the world are unequally protected.
  • Lybia is the country with the an extremely high level of death rate, 73.4 deaths per 100,000 population, compared to the rest of the countries


  1. WHO. Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015. World Health Organization (WHO), Octuber 2015. (accessed on 19 October, 2015) Available online

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