World Health Organization kicks off “Decade of Action for Road Safety”

The World Health Organization estimates that motor vehicle accidents will kill 1.9 million peope a year between now and 2010. Starting May 11, 2011, the WHO — with the participation of dozens of countries — have kicked off a global road safety campaign called “Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2010” and their goal is to save millions of lives.

Motor vehicle accidents affect all nations and is the leading killer of the world’s young, ages 15-29. With 1.3 million people killed annually in motor vehicle accidents, car accidents are the ninth leading cause of fatalities globally.

In addition to those killed in motor vehicle accidents, 20-50 million people are injured every year, many seriously.

The Global Plan to reduce motor vehicle fatalities includes:

  • Improving road safety
  • Improving vehicle safety
  • Improving emergency services
  • Building up road safety management.

The plan also seeks legislation and enforcement of safety precautions including helmets for bicyclists and motorcyclists; mandatory seat belt use; mandatory child safety restraints; reduction in drinking and driving; reduction of speeding.

The Global Plan seeks to save 5 million lives every year and prevent 50 millision serious injuries in the ensuing decade.

World unites to halt death and injury on roads
Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 set to save millions of lives
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in car, truck, bicycle and pedestrian accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages which includes medical care, loss of wages and for pain and suffering.

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