It may come as no surprise to hear the leading cause of fatalities while abroad are road traffic accidents. Emerging economies, where expats are often based, have some of the highest rates of serious injuries or fatalities on their roads. The average rate of road traffic deaths globally is 18 per 100,000 population. In Africa and South-East Asia this increases significantly to 26.6 and 20.7 deaths per 100,000 population respectively. A WHO report highlights five key factors for road accidents:
- drink driving
- failing to wear a motorcycle helmet
- failing to use a seatbelt
- failing to restrain a child correctly
The WHO believes legislative change needs to take place within countries that have particularly high rates of road fatalities to reduce these figures.
As an international HR manager, ensure expats on assignment are instructed to follow best practice when it comes to safety on the road.