Global Health Observatory (GHO)

Distribution of road traffic deaths by type of road user

Situation and trends

In 2010, 50% of deaths on the world’s roads occured among vulnerable road users. 23% of all deaths were among motorcyclists, 22% among pedestrians, and 5% among cyclists.

These proportions varied by region: for example, in the African region 38% of all road traffic deaths were among pedestrians, while in the Western Pacific region 36% of road traffic deaths were among motorcyclists.