Travel Abroad - Watch the Road
The greatest threat to Americans traveling abroad isn't an exotic tropical disease like malaria. According to US State Department data, the number one cause of death of US citizens traveling internationally is motor vehicle accidents (MVA). Infectious diseases account for only a 2% of deaths while traveling. Road traffic accidents accounted for 34% of all deaths while traveling, followed by homicide (17%) and drowning (13%).
Men die in far greater numbers than women do while traveling. Men account for almost 75% of deaths in US citizens traveling abroad. Injuries and violence are a greater threat to travelers than infectious diseases. Some tips for safe travel:
- Use safety belts and helmets while riding in cars and motorbikes
- Minimize alcohol intake - alcohol is a risk factor for injuries
- Be alert when crossing streets
- When planning adventure travel in low-income countries, be aware that trauma facilities comparable to US trauma centers may not exist
- Use larger vehicles and larger aircraft for travel
Thank you joiseyshowaa for use of photo US tourists in Belize.