Incidence of road injuries in Mexico: country report

Int J Inj Contr Saf Promot. 2010 Sep;17(3):169-76. doi: 10.1080/17457300903564553.


We used data from various sources to triangulate to a national snapshot of the incidence of fatal and non-fatal road traffic injuries in Mexico in 2005. Data sources used include national death registration data, national hospital discharge data and a nationally representative health survey. We estimate that in 2005, 19,389 people died due to injuries and nearly one million were injured in road traffic crashes. While deaths in high-income countries are declining, this is not the case in Mexico. Young adult males are the demographic at the highest risk in non-fatal crashes, but the elderly have the highest road death rates primarily due to pedestrian crashes. Pedestrians alone comprise nearly half (48%) of all deaths. Cars pose a substantial threat to occupants (38% of deaths and 39% of hospital admissions) and to other road users.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic / mortality*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Automobile Driving
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Databases, Factual
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Mexico / epidemiology
  • Middle Aged
  • Population Surveillance
  • Young Adult