Top 10 Countries In The World With The Deadliest Roads — Death Is A Certainty On These Streets

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The world isn't an easy place to commute in. Every day, a person dies on the roads every 30 seconds globally. The number of people getting injured is 20 times that number.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) figures, the people most at risk on the roads everyday are those in cars. Every day, 1,060 people using a car die on the streets.

The numbers are bad for other road users as well with 786 motorcyclists and 752 pedestrians losing their lives on the roads across the world every day.

So let's take a look at the roads across the world and find out the 10 worst countries where moving on the road could mean signing your own death warrant.

10. Mozambique

According to WHO figures, an estimated 8,173 people died on the streets of the this south-east African nation last year. This means that in every 100,000 people, an average of 31.6 people lose their lives on the streets of Mozambique.

9. Rwanda

The tiny African nation has a population just 11.8 million and according to the WHO, 3,782 of them died on the roads.

This figure means that an estimated 32.1 road fatalities occurred per hundred thousand Rwandans.

8. Iran

Iran is one of just two Asian countries in this list and the WHO estimates that on average 32.1 people die on the roads for every hundred thousand Iranians. The United Nations agency reports that a stunning 24,896 people died on the roads across Iran in 2015.

7. Central African Republic

The Central African Republic (CAR) has been in a state of Civil war since December 2012 and its roads like the war are quite deadly.

The WHO estimates that 32.4 people in the Central African Republic died on the roads for every 100,000 inhabitants. The WHO reported 1,495 total road deaths for 2015 in the CAR.

6. Tanzania

An average of 32.9 people die on the roads on the roads of this east African Country per hundred thousand in inhabitants.

In the year 2015 alone, the WHO reported that a total of 16,211 people died on the roads of the east African nation.

5. Democratic Republic of the Congo

The mineral rich Central African nation is one of the largest on the continent based on size and population but due to poor infrastructure and insurgency issues, its roads are extremely deadly with 22,419 people losing their lives on the streets of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last year.

According to the WHO, for every hundred thousand people living in the DRC, 33.2 lose their lives on the roads.

4. Liberia

The West African nation is the continent's first and oldest modern republic but its roads are deadlier than most of its African counterparts.

In 2015, the WHO reported 1,448 total road deaths in Liberia, which means that on average 33.7 people in every 100,000 died on the streets.

3. Malawi

The south-east African nation of Malawi has the second deadliest roads in the continent with 35 people in every 100,000 dying on the roads. The WHO reported a total of 5,732 deaths (Malawi has a population of 16.2 million) in Malawi in 2015.

2. Thailand

Thailand may be the favourite destination of tourists around the world but its roads are the deadliest in Asia.

Thanks to lax laws, an average of 36.2 people among every 100,000 Thai people die on the streets every year. In 2015, the WHO reported 24,237 road deaths in Thailand.

1. Libya

Libya isn't the most stable nation in the world right now, thanks to a fractured leadership and an ongoing war with radical Islamic State militants who seek to make the North African nation one of their fiefdoms.

It comes as no surprise then that Libya's roads are the most dangerous one in the world, with 73.4 in every 100,000 Libyans dying on the streets every year. The total number of deaths on Libyan roads in 2015 was reported by the WHO to be 4,554.

While this may not seem to be that big a number for us, in a nation of just 6.2 million people, it does make a huge difference.


Many of you may be wondering why India is not on the list as the nation's roads are considered by many people around the world to be some of the deadliest that a person can travel on.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 207,551 people died on Indian roads in 2015 (569 every day). This means that for every 1,00,000 people, 16.6 Indians died on the streets, which is mostly due to India's growing population of over 1.25 billion.

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Story first published: Monday, November 28, 2016, 19:57 [IST]
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