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The World's Most Dangerous Roads
Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 01:00 PM
(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) Traffic accidents kill more people globally than malaria, according to the World Health Organization. So, The Guardian has pulled out some data from the WHO to find out which countries have the most dangerous roads.
They find that 90 percent of traffic deaths happen in low and middle income countries even though they have fewer than 50 percent of the roads. Eritrea tops the list with 48.4 estimated road deaths per 100,000 people, followed by the pacific nation of the Cook Islands and Egypt in third.
The United States comes in 59th most dangerous with 13.9 road deaths per 100,000 people.
See a handy interactive chart that you can sort, re-sort, and play around with over at the Guardian.
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