Adverse health outcomes of road traffic injuries in Iran after rapid motorization

Mohsen Naghavi, Saeid Shahraz, Kavi Bhalla, Nahid Jafari, Farshad Pourmalek, David Bartels, Jerry Abraham Puthenpurakal, Mohammad Esmail Motlagh

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Recent studies have made it clear that Iran has too many road traffic injuries (RTI). This paper explains the reasons for high traffic injury rates and points to solutions. It also provides detailed data on the burden of traffic injury in Iran in 2005. Traffic injury rates have rapidly risen out of control because for a variety of possible reasons such as increasing number of non-standard cars and motorcycles, low gas price, decreasing ratio of travels via public transportation than with private vehicles, and problems with safety design. Besides a high need for a system safety approach, Iran needs to deal with the problem of producing a high number of cars and motorcycles. Providing safe mobility for the people of Iran needs to be a top priority of the government.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)284-294
Number of pages11
JournalArchives of Iranian medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2009


  • Accidents
  • Health policy
  • Iran
  • Traffic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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