Road accidents are far more common than one would think them to be. Speed seems like almost nothing now with the newer car models that are being released. Faster seems slower than it always used to. The newer cars feel more secure on the road, leading people to believe that they have absolute control of the car, but do they?
The fact of the matter is that despite all the top-of-the-line safety features, there are now growing numbers of road accidents every year. A shocking 1,2 million people die every year due to road accidents according to the World Health Organization, Those are not the only shocking statistics that the WHO has to offer. There are also approximately 50 million people injured or disabled as a direct result of road accidents yearly.
Those staggering numbers should not just be ignored, but rather they should encourage people to consider their actions when using the roads. In general, we really do take driving and other road usages for granted, and it’s this negligent think that could and does lead to so many road accidents every year. By far, still the best safety measure is a careful and considerate driver, cyclist or any other road user.
Each year, there are over 400 000 people globally under the age of 25 who pass away directly due to road accidents. That’s 400 000 people who have only lived the first quarter of their lives, and the sad thing is that most of those accidents could have been prevented. As they say, prevention is better than cure 99% of the time. Next time you get into a car or mount your bicycle, be sure to check that all your safety features are working, and in good order.
Accidents do happen for sure, but so few true accidents happen. Wouldn’t it be great to see those statistics go down every year? They can! And you can be part of making the road a safe place for everyone. Take a look at our road safety article for pointers on how to maximize safety on the roads, whether you’re a pedestrian, cyclist or driver.