Malaysia: Road accident rate 3rd highest in Asia
Source: Asia Insurance Review | Jun 2019
Malaysia has the third highest death toll from road accidents in Asia and Asean, behind Thailand and Vietnam. There has been no change in the Malaysian fatality rates since 2007.
In 2016, transport accidents were found to be the 4th most common cause of death in Malaysia at 5.4% while the top three causes were discovered to be ischaemic heart disease (13.2%), pneumonia (12.5%) and cerebrovascular disease (6.9%), reported the newspaper The Star.
The Global Status Report on Road Safety published by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank in December 2018 reported that Malaysia had 7,152 deaths in 2016, of which 87% were males and 13% females. More than half of all road traffic deaths usually involve adults aged between 15 and 44 years, who are often the family breadwinners.
WHO also estimates there are about 15 serious injuries and 70 minor injuries for every fatal road accident in Malaysia. A