“The True Universe of Crashes”

Traffic fatalities in Southeast Asia and Africa surpass the rest of the world, but experts believe the problem may be even bigger than previously known. They estimate 80% of deaths go misclassified or unrecorded.
Complex issues contribute to data gaps. Deaths in rural areas are underreported, for example, and hospitals might list a crash victim’s cause of death as “internal hemorrhaging.”
Abdul Bachani of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit says improving road safety first requires determining “the true universe of crashes.”
“How bad is the problem?” Bachani asks. “How is it changing, who is increasingly affected and where, and what are the risk factors?”

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