Death on the Israeli Roads – The Numbers

Worldwide Epidemic

More than 1 million people are killed worldwide, and more than 50 million are injured in traffic accidents each year. Road deaths are now the number-one global killer of people aged 10 to 24. While 965 people lost their lives in air crashes last year, more than 3,000 people die on the world’s roadways every day. 85 percent of traffic casualties occur in low- and middle-income countries… The rate of child deaths due to road accidents in South Africa is 26 per 100,000 population, compared with 1.7 per 100,000 in Europe. Someone is killed or badly injured on the world’s roads every six seconds.

Israel Statistics
As of June 8, there have been 155 road fatalities in Israel. Today is the 159th day of the year. That’s nearly one person killed per day on our roads. There has been a drop in overall traffic accident deaths as compared to recent years.

Although this may not seem like a great number; if heaven forbid there should be 360 lives lost this year, that would represent a nearly 15% drop in traffic fatalities than the average of the last five years. Israel is a country of only 7 million citizens. Let’s extrapolate that number dead to the USA with approx 303 million citizens, and that would amount to approx 15,430 traffic accident deaths.

USA Statistics
According to the USA Department of Transportation, there were approx 31,000 road fatalities on the interstate highways from Jan-Oct 2008, and that’s for 10 months, not a full year.

We may be doing better than we thought, but this stat only covers deaths. It does not include the mamed, injured, and traumatized from car collisions. Many of the injured in Israel from road accidents are pedestrians.