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May 24, 2011

The World’s Deadliest Roads – Watch out for cars in Africa

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Before you travel around the world, you may want to consider where you are safest.  According to the Guardian, road traffic accidents “kill more people around the world than malaria”.  While China would obviously have the highest number of accidents based on the size of the population, I was surprised that many countries in Africa and the Middle East have such a high incidence of deaths (measured as deaths per 100K of population).

Use the interactive viz below to see if anything stands out to you.  One good way to look at the data to really make the death rate in Africa stand out is to choose “Estimated Deaths per 100K” for both the color and the size.  What do you see?

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