12.5% of deaths in Qatar due to car crashes
Every year, more than 4000 vehicle crashes occur in Qatar. These cause over 600 major injuries resulting in around 200 deaths.
Trauma, Vascular and General Surgery head and senior consultant at HMC Dr. Hassan Al Thani told Gulf Times that road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death in the country. One out of eight deaths (12.5%) are caused due to road accidents. The most recent example of this is when a speeding vehicle on the Airport road lost control consequently jumped curbs and landed on top of an SUV. It killed one person instantly.
However, the foremost step in preventing or reducing injuries is for all passengers to strap in their seat belts, regardless of whether they are seated in the passenger seats or in the rear seats. Studies by the World Health Organization show that this results in a 50% reduction in fatal injuries for passengers in the front seats and a 75% reduction in the same for those in the rear seats.
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