Incidence of road injuries in Mexico: Country report

D. Bartels, K. Bhalla, S. Shahraz, J. Abraham, R. Lozano, C. J.L. Murray

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We used data from various sources to triangulate to a national snapshot of the incidence of fatal and non-fatal road traffic injuries in Mexico in 2005. Data sources used include national death registration data, national hospital discharge data and a nationally representative health survey. We estimate that in 2005, 19,389 people died due to injuries and nearly one million were injured in road traffic crashes. While deaths in high-income countries are declining, this is not the case in Mexico. Young adult males are the demographic at the highest risk in non-fatal crashes, but the elderly have the highest road death rates primarily due to pedestrian crashes. Pedestrians alone comprise nearly half (48%) of all deaths. Cars pose a substantial threat to occupants (38% of deaths and 39% of hospital admissions) and to other road users.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-176
Number of pages8
JournalInternational journal of injury control and safety promotion
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2010


  • Less developed countries
  • Mexico
  • Road traffic injuries
  • Surveillance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety Research
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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