Road Injuries Leading Cause Of Death Among Children, Adolescents, 8th Leading Cause Of Death Globally, WHO Report Shows

BBC News: Road accidents biggest killer of young people — WHO
“Road injuries are now the biggest killer of children and young adults worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)…” (12/7).

CNN: Traffic accidents are eighth leading cause of death globally, according to WHO
“The number of traffic-related deaths reached a high of 1.35 million in 2016, according to the 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety, released by the World Health Organization on Friday. It has also moved up to the eighth leading cause of death for people of all ages, ahead of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis…” (Thomas, 12/7).

UPI: Traffic crashes now the leading cause of death for children, young adults
“…The report noted the rate in Africa is highest in the world, with 26.6 per 100,000 citizens — compared with 9.3 deaths per 100,000 in Europe, which is the lowest. The average is 18 per 100,000…” (Adamczyk, 12/7).

VOA News: WHO: Traffic Crashes Are Leading Killer of Children
“…The report said more than half of those killed are pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcycle riders and passengers. Etienne Krug, head of the U.N. Agency’s Department on Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, called these deaths a huge inequality issue…” (Schlein, 12/7).

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