All around the world, there is someone who is killed on the road every 30 seconds.
For every death, there are at least 15 injuries every 30 seconds.
Across the world, people are killed on the roads once every 30 seconds. According to the World Health Organisations statistics, pedestrians and drivers are more likely to die on the roads in the poorer countries. Around 750 pedestrians are dying on the roads every day, and about 780 motorcyclists die each day globally.
With global traffic deaths on the rise, a few countries have had very low rates of road deaths. The countries with the lowest rate of traffic deaths are in developed countries with a very efficient transport system.
Most accident cases have been reported due to the careless use of mobile phones during driving. Drivers believe that a short use of their phones whilst driving wouldn’t harm anyone. However, this is the root cause of most accidents that have been reported worldwide. The technology and accessories industry has undoubtedly taken advantage of this situation and come up with plenty of solutions that can curtail this issue. Car mobile accessories being one of the main. Cars now have inbuilt Bluetooth technology which makes a phone call a lot easier to be answered even when one is driving. Moreover, various mobile accessories such as a phone holder for cars, wireless charger, mobile stand, etc. has enhanced a phone user’s experience and have resulted in fewer accidents being reported.
The countries that have low traffic mortalities are those that have strict enforcement of their traffic laws. With different lanes for cyclists and pedestrians, safer road designs, and lower speed limits in urban areas.
The countries deemed to have the safest roads, and lowest rate of traffic deaths are:
Known for the Grand Prix races, Monaco owns the lowest traffic rates that are sitting at 0 for every lot of 100,000 people. They have a public transport system that gets monitored heavily. The proposed transport infrastructures are always evaluated to ensure that they are meeting safety standards for vehicle operators along with pedestrians. There is a helmet and drink driving law here that gets enforced heavily, which has resulted in preventing accidents from occurring. The speed limit is 70km/h. Monaco is a small city/nation in France. All registered vehicles that are in Monaco are low in numbers which lower the traffic accidents.
Micronesia may not have well-developed roads and high traffic legislation, it still records traffic deaths in the low range of 1.9 per 100,000 people. Micronesia is a small country that is made up of islands. There are a few islands that do not have vehicles and come with a very low population count. The bigger, more developed islands like Pohnpei have extremely low rates of traffic fatalities. The reason for this low number is the population; this decreases the risk of traffic accidents than the other countries.
Sweden records around 2.8 deaths per lot of 100,000 people. Sweden has one of the safest transport systems. Their pedestrians have zones which protect them from vehicles on the road. The cyclists have zones that have barriers separating them from the main road. There is a low-speed limit in the urban areas to curb the recklessness and speeding. There are harsh penalties for drink-driving that get heavily enforced. Zebra crossing and speed bumps have dynamic lighting, which helps to protect pedestrians from accidents that are caused by speeding. All of these factors are making traffic accidents rare. More importantly, people of Sweden utilise phone accessories such as phone holders and hand free gadgets within their vehicles that the accidents caused by reckless use of phones are minimized.
Here we see a low number of road deaths which is currently sitting at 2.9 per 100,000 people. Kiribati is full of islands and also has a low population rate. With a low population, you are getting a small number of cars on the roads. The speed limit here is 40km/h, which is helping to curb speeding fatalities. Drink driving is a criminal offence, and there is a law to enforce wearing a seatbelt at all times in the car.
It seems in all of these countries that the harsh penalties for breaking the law and the low population count help create safer roads.