Among young women in Bangladesh, scarves called ornas are fashionable—and deadly.   When the women hop in electric rickshaws, the trailing fabric can get caught in the spinning motor behind the driver and cause severe neck injuries.   Most drivers and passengers have no…

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…

Kenya is rolling out universal health coverage in 4 counties as part of a pilot program ahead of the goal of total coverage by 2022. County selection was needs-based: Machakos county, for example, has the highest number of road accidents in Kenya while the more sparsely…

Found a great deal on a bike helmet online? Chances are good it’s a fake. Fake helmets cheaply distributed via e-commerce sites can’t protect you from the kinds of catastrophic accidents that lead to skull fracture, brain damage or death. They sometimes appear flimsier but…

Tens of thousands of students poured onto in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s streets again on Sunday to demand better road safety after 2 students were killed last week by buses.   Police responded with tear gas while pro-government youth groups attacked the protesters and at least 5…

About once every 2 weeks in 2015, someone died at the Lapaz intersection of the N1 highway in Accra, Ghana.  

More research is needed in low-resource countries with soaring road traffic injuries and deaths. Catherine Staton, of Duke University, and colleagues found one promising strategy for research. They surveyed motorcycle taxi drivers in Rwanda, Sri Lanka and…

Road traffic fatalities plague Brazil’s northeastern cities despite moves to tighten safety laws over the past decade. Researchers from 2 Brazilian universities examined the situation in Arapiraca, a city of about 200,000 that saw 76 road traffic fatalities per 100,000…

On the roads of Hyderabad, India, those most at risk of an accident are young, male and riding 2-wheeled motorcycles or scooters, according to an analysis of 5,298 road accident victims at a public hospital in the south Indian city.   Led by the Johns Hopkins International…

Meet Graham, a hypothetical human, designed to draw attention to road safety. Created through a partnership between Australia’s Transport Accident Commission, a trauma surgeon, and a sculptor, Graham has a body built to survive a crash—extra-thick ribs with airbag-like…