Road traffic crashes rank as the 8th leading cause of death worldwide

Top 10 global causes of deaths, 2016

1. Ischaemic heart disease

2. Stroke

3. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

4. Lower respiratory infections

5. Alzheimer disease and other dementias

6. Trachea, bronchus, lung cancers

7. Diabetes mellitus

8. Road injury 

9. Diarrhoeal diseases

10. Tuberculosis

cause of

death among

15-29 year olds


Traffic accidents account for 2.2% of all deaths globally.


Unless action is taken, road traffic injuries are predicted to become the fifth leading cause of death by 2030.