The risk of dying in a car accident still largely depends on where people live and how they move around, the WHO says. A big gap separates high-income countries from low- and middle- income ones where 90 percent of road traffic deaths occur in spite of having just 54 percent of the world’s vehicles. Africa has the highest death rates per capita. The following list is based on information by WHO, World Atlas, and Country Reports.
Iraq is the seventh most dangerous country to drive in, according to World Atlas, suffering 31.5 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants. Travel within Iraq remains very dangerous given the security situation. The drivers here are impatient and rude, and they drive anywhere they can, according to VirtualTourist.
6. South Africa
Deaths from road accidents are more than twice as high in South Africa as they are globally, according to Country Reports. The high incidence of mortality – 31.9 per 100,000, according to WHO – is due to a combination of poor driving, limited enforcement of traffic laws, road rage, aggressive driving, distracted driving, and driving under the influence of alcohol.
Road mortality rate is 33.7 per 100,000 people. Excessive speed, unpredictable driving habits, lack of basic maintenance and safety equipment on many vehicles, and the absence of any official vehicle inspection for roadworthiness all present additional hazards, according to Country Reports. Drivers don’t respect the right-of-way rule, give little consideration to pedestrians, and accidents on inter-city highways with high casualties are common.
Iran is the fourth most dangerous countyto drive in, as per the data, with 34 road fatalities per 100,000 residents. Traffic is generally busy and chaotic. Close to 20,000 people die from vehicle accidents each year in Iran, according to local officials. This is the second highest cause of mortality in the country, according to the U.S. State Department. Drivers ignore traffic lights, traffic signs, and lane markers. Urban streets are not well lit, and sidewalks exist only on main roads and are usually blocked by parked cars.
The deaths rate to be is 37.2 per 100,000 people. Many roads are in good condition, but there are also gravel and dirt roads with potholes and landslides, according to TripAdvisor. The rainy months of May and October are the most dangerous for pedestrians and drivers. Also, pedestrians don’t have the right of way as they do in many other countries, so if you slow down or stop at a crosswalk, you could cause an accident with unsuspecting motorists.
Thailand’s fatality rate is in the upper 30s per 100,000 inhabitants. There are no formal audits required for new road construction projects, according to WHO, and there are no regular inspections of existing road infrastructure. Speeding, drunk driving, and barely enforced road laws are some of the most common reasons for the high number of accidents.
1. Dominican Republic
Each year, approximately 42 out of 100,000 people in this Caribbean nation die in road accidents. Drunk driving, exceeding speed limits, making sudden lane changes without signaling properly, and not paying attention to stop signs are some of the contributing factors to car accidents in the country.
Where ever you go, always remember, safety first.
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Culled from MSN.com