Deaths caused by road accidents has already reached 1.24 million per year across the globe, and it will triple to 3.6 million per year by 2030, and road accidents will become the fifth leading cause of death in the developing countries, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) most recent Global Burden of Disease study. Here is an interactive world map that annotating roads kill percentage in each country, and detailed statistic chart can be seen when mouseover the regions, and full story can be seen when mouse click the markers.
Here are some highlights from the report and the map:
- New York City, U.S., has made great strides in reducing traffic fatalities with its streets among the safest in the road.
- Sweden is the industrialized country with the lowest roads kill.
- Dramatically increased numbers of new drivers and vehicles on the road is the main course for the high road fatalities rate in Russia.
- In Egypt, people died in road traffic crashes every year exceed the toll of those who died in the revolution.
- In Liberia, 66% road fatalities were among pedestrians, which was the worst record among African countries.
- The Dominican Republic is the most dangerous place to drive in the Americas, with nearly 42 fatalities per 100,000 in population.
- The Islamic Republic of Iran has the worst driving record in the Middle East, with 34 deaths per 100,000 in population.
- In the past, people in Nigeria can buy a driving license even you have not taken driving lessons and passed a test, so it is not surprising with the high roads kill percentage.
- Philippines has just passed a new drunk driving law earlier in 2013, but fails to establish a legal blood alcohol content level for intoxication, and let’s see if roads kill can be reduced.
By the way, we find this world map very informative, which is not complicated to create. First, you can easily find a world map template with all regions on the website, and then add mouseover information box, which text content, table and images, and external links can be inserted, to related regions. Finally, you can create heat map with map legend to indicate the road kills percentage in various countries.
Here is a video tutorial about creating heat map, and you can also create an informative world map that similar to the above one in few steps: