Road Traffic Injuries Caused 62,387 Deaths in China in 2011

A report from the State Administration of Work Safety shows that the number of road fatalities in the country dropped to 62,387 last year from 67,759 in 2009 and 65,225 in 2010 (not including deaths from railway traffic injuries). In 2004, when China had significantly less cars, about 94,000 people died from road injuries. Yet, despite the remarkable decline, there were still more traffic-related deaths in China in 2011 than in any other country in the world.

Considering that there were 225 million motor vehicles (including 106 million automobiles) registered in China by the end of last year, road fatalities per 100,000 motor vehicles remained on a very high level, at 27.8. By comparison, in 2009, Japan had about 80 million registered motor vehicles and only 4,914 road traffic related deaths, or 6.1 fatalities per 100,000 vehicles; the US had about 220 million motor vehicles and about 32,788 deaths, or 14.9 fatalities per 100,000 vehicles.