Road traffic injuries in developing countries: a comprehensive review of epidemiological studies

Trop Med Int Health. 1997 May;2(5):445-60.


Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death in adolescents and young adults worldwide. Nearly three-quarters of road deaths occur in developing countries and men comprise a mean 80% of casualties. This review summarizes studies on the epidemiology of motor vehicle accidents in developing countries and examines the evidence for association with alcohol.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic / mortality
  • Accidents, Traffic / statistics & numerical data*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Alcohol Drinking / adverse effects*
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology*
  • Automobile Driving / statistics & numerical data
  • Developing Countries*
  • Female
  • Hospitals / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sex Factors
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*