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Study: Roads kill more people than disease in some developing nations

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Friday, May 9, 2014, 2:50 PM - In some places roads kill more people than cancer, heart disease and stroke, researchers at the University of Michigan say.

According to the study, 10 of the top 25 nations with the highest road crash death rates are in Africa, with another 10 split evenly between countries in the Middle East and Latin America.

The United Arab Emirates and Qatar appear to be the among the worst, with road death rates of 16 and 14 percent respectively.

By comparison traffic deaths account for less than 2 percent of deaths in Canada and the U.S. and less than 1 percent in Europe.

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Researchers used data from the World Health Organization to compare road fatality rates with the leading causes of death worldwide: cancer, heart disease and stroke.

It was discovered that road deaths claim more lives in some countries, particularly developing nations.

"The results of this study indicate that road safety is a greatly under-appreciated component of public health in many parts of the world," lead author Michael Sivak said in a statement.

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