Are we aware of the statistics regarding traffic accidents worldwide? According to the World Health Organization (WHO) in their 2015 report, 1,250,000 people are killed worldwide in traffic accidents each year. Indeed, traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among the 15-29 age group.Looking specifically at the statistics on children, 500 lives are lost daily on the world's roads.
Every third Sunday in November we mark World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. Countless initiatives are carried out worldwide with the goal of remembering all those who have lost their lives on the roads and in order to emphasize that we must continue working to reduce this number.
At Fundación MAPFRE we believe that reaching ‘Goal Zero’ in terms of victims is possible and therefore we are carrying out a number of programs aimed at the most vulnerable amongst us and working on the main risk factors.
Reducing the number of children injured or killed on the roads is one of our biggest goals. Through our ‘Children's Road Safety’ section we try to offer all the information necessary in order for young children to travel safely.
Unfortunately, the children most likely to die in a traffic accident are those living in low- and middle-income countries, where 95% of all child deaths in traffic accidents are registered, as shown by the WHO.
The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was held for the first time in 1993 in the United Kingdom. On 26 October 2005 The United Nations chose to hold this day on the third Sunday of every November.