Traffic Accidents Are Eighth Leading Cause of Death Globally, According to WHO

A sobering statistic: Traffic deaths are now the leading global cause of deaths for children and young adults between 5 and 29 years old.

Road safety is an issue that does not receive anywhere near the attention it deserves — and it really is one of our great opportunities to save lives around the world, Michael Bloomberg, former New York mayor and the WHO global ambassador for noncommunicable diseases and injuries, said in the foreword of the 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety, released by the World Health Organization.

Read on to learn more about the 5 top risk factors and what else is being considered as we move forward.