Road Safety in Major Cities Around the World: Here’s What You Need to Know

Almost 85% of countries around the world  lack adequate laws needed to reduce the growing rates of both traffic injuries and fatalities. With that in mind, it’s important to realize that many traffic accidents can be prevented — whether it be by refraining from drinking and driving or simply wearing your seatbelt. From the United States to Brazil, here are three cities around the world that have some pretty dangerous roads, so you can properly prepare  for your next trip abroad

Baltimore, Maryland - USA 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, around 6,452,000 Americans were estimated to have gotten into vehicle wrecks back in 2017. However, when it comes to American cities with the “worst drivers”, Allstate Insurance cites Baltimore, Maryland to be it  for their 2019 Safe Drivers report. More specifically, one of the riskiest roads for traffic accidents happens to be Highway 695, with common causes of accidents on highways being anything from distracted driving to driving under the influence. With that in mind, many choose to seek legal action against those who have caused an accident while under the influence. In such situations,  FVF Law notes that a no-pressure consultation can help to make an informed decision about what to do next.

Shanghai, China

Being such a large city, Shanghai, China is no stranger to traffic accidents; in fact, more than 860 people die  each year from road crashes. Some common causes of traffic accidents include speeding, drinking and driving, and lack of seatbelt use, though the city has been focused on improving road safety by enforcing the law through various campaigns. The rising popularity of food delivery drivers is another factor that contributes to unsafe roads as well. This is because drivers want to make the most money by delivering on time, making them more likely to disobey traffic laws (i.e. speeding).
Fortaleza, Brazil
The city of Fortaleza, Brazil, has been known in the past to have high rates of road fatalities, and for a few different reasons. One of them is drinking and driving — for instance, 24.3% of motorists in Brazil admit to driving after drinking, according to a study by the Brazilian National Health Survey. This proves that driving under the influence is not only a preventable issue in cities such as Fortaleza, but across the nation as well.
Thankfully, Fortaleza is committed to focusing on reducing traffic accidents caused by drunk driving as well as other causes of traffic accidents (i.e. speeding, lack of helmet use for cyclists, etc.). The city is now known as one of the most improved cities in terms of road safety, giving hope to other cities around the world. In fact, Fortaleza actually  reduced their road crash fatalities by 40% from the years 2014 to 2018, and is on track to improve even more by 2020 — thanks to using methods such as campaigns, redesigning streets (in order to give space to both cyclists and pedestrians) and the enforcement of road safety laws.
Many major cities have high rates of traffic accidents, proving road safety to be a major issue around the world. From drunk driving to speeding and more, many accidents are preventable with cities working to enforce local laws to reduce fatalities.

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