• About 1.2 million, says the World Health Organisation. The number injured or disabled is about 50 million per annum. The figures are rising fast, as more people aspire to own cars and car use rapidly increases in the developing world, especially China. The WHO reckons that the number of annual deaths in road traffic accidents will increase to 2.3 million by 2020 - that's nearly double the current death total. Some example stats for specific countries, approximate annual deaths from road traffic accidents. UK: 3300 (about 9 every day, 5.81 per 100,000 people). USA: 42,700 (about 13 per 100,000 people). Russia: more than 34,000 -- almost 25 per 100,000 people; almost the worst record for any OECD country.

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