South African road fatalities - user category breakdown 2016

This statistic shows the distribution of road fatalities in the Republic of South Africa in 2016, by user category. The World Health Organization estimates that there were 14,507 road traffic deaths that year, which works out to be be between 25 and 26 fatalities per 100,000 population. Despite the high rates of road accidents, only a third of drivers in South Africa wear seatbelts. As a matter of fact, pedestrians are twice as likely to sustain fatal injuries from traffic accidents, making up nearly 40 percent of all road traffic-related fatalities. Riders of motorized 2- and 3-wheel vehicles represented less than one percent of all fatalities in 2016, whereas cyclist amounted to 3 percent.

Road fatalities in South Africa in 2016, by main user category

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January 2019


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