Road traffic accidents includes crashes and pedestrian injuries due to motor vehicles. They occur worldwide, in territories with many vehicles and in ones with relatively few. Over 97% of the world's population live in territories with higher rates of death from road traffic accidents than the United Kingdom, but most people living there consider the rate there unnacceptable and can suggest simple measures that would probably reduce it. Large numbers of road traffic accidents and deaths everywhere are preventable.
In 2002 Road traffic accidents caused 1.5% of deaths of children under 15 years old, 5.0% of deaths of adults aged 15 to 59 years and 3.0% of all deaths in poor territories with reasonable life expectancy.
Global Burden of disease estimated in 2002 Road traffic accidents to cause 3.5% of all Male, 2.5% of all Rich territory, 3.7% of all Poor territory burden of disease (Disability Adjusted Lost Years).
Road traffic accidents caused 2.1% of all deaths worldwide in 2002, an average of 191 deaths per million people per year.