Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)  |  February 28, 2018

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Every 30 seconds, someone dies in a road traffic crash, and 10 people are seriously injured. Road traffic mortality is the fifth leading cause of death in the world, resulting in 1.25 million deaths globally in 2013. For young people aged 15 to 29 years, at the peak of their productive lives, traffic crashes are the leading cause of death. This crushing burden of injury, disability, and death falls disproportionately on low- and middle-income countries and the most vulnerable road users, such as motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians. Although these countries are home to less than half the world’s vehicles, these countries account for 90% of the global toll of traffic deaths.

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