Global Road Safety Publications and Resources

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This page houses a variety of publications, reports, articles, manuals, and other resources about road safety and statistics around the globe.

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Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths — United States and 28 Other High-Income Countries, 2015 and 2019

New CDC research finds that the United States (U.S.) had higher rates of motor vehicle crash deaths than most other high-income countries in 2019 and lagged behind these other countries in saving lives on the road. For example, the U.S. had the highest population-based death rate (11.1 per 100,000 population). The U.S. rate was 2.3 times higher than the average rate for 28 other high-income countries (4.8 per 100,000 population). In addition, the number of crash deaths in the U.S. further increased in 2020 and 2021.

Chart of crash death rates in high-income countries, with the United States having the highest
Graphic illustrating car crash death rates in high-income countries.

The U.S. could save more than 20,500 lives and about $280.5 million in annual medical costs (in 2019 USD) if we could reduce the population-based crash death rate to match the average rate of 28 other high-income countries in 2019. The U.S. can re-double efforts to implement proven strategies to save lives on the road and can broadly implement the Safe System approach to reduce motor vehicle crash deaths and injuries in our nation.

Traffic Conflict Technique Toolkit — Making the Journey to and from School Safer for Students

Traffic Conflict Techniques (TCTs) are simple methods of collecting observational data to evaluate the effectiveness of road safety interventions. CDC and the CDC Foundation collaborated with global road safety partners to develop a TCT Toolkit, which serves as a guide for applying different TCT methods and collecting traffic conflict data. The toolkit was piloted in three school zones in low- and middle-income countries (Ghana, Vietnam, and Mexico) to collect data and analyze pedestrian-vehicle traffic conflicts. Results showed there was a decrease in road traffic conflicts from before implementation to after implementation in all three countries, providing evidence that the road safety interventions were effective. TCTs are relatively low cost, simple, and can help decisionmakers evaluate and prioritize strategies for improving road safety with real-world data.

Morbidity and mortality weekly report

Additional CDC resources

World Health Organization (WHO) road safety technical manuals and other resources supported by CDC

Journal articles