Road Accidents & Injuries


Road traffic accidents are the leading external cause of death for young people. In Greece, according to recent facts, 53.4% of annual deaths in youth is connected to road accidents (102/200 deaths per year). The majority of deaths due to road traffic accidents occurred amongst young adults (60%), whereas the rest of deaths were recorded in older adolescents (35.6%) and younger children (4.5%). The factors that contribute to injuries are frequently behavioral, with risk-taking behavior being the major cause of crashes. Young people are particularly vulnerable to road traffic accidents because of a combination of physical and psychological characteristics: limited experience, tendency to engage in risky behaviors (non-compliance to boundaries, likely to drive or agree to be driven recklessly or while intoxicated, not being afraid of death etc.). Alcohol use is strongly connected to road traffic mortality.


02-02-2017