According to an official report from Peru’s Ministry of Health, traffic accidents caused 17,025 deaths and 233,718 injured people between 2005 and 2009, reported RPP news service.
As a result, Peru ranks third worldwide as the country with the highest amount of deaths in traffic accidents, said the Ministry of Health.
Likewise, according to official reports from Peru’s National Police, there were 2,220 death adn 15,794 injured people between January and April of 2010.
Lima región, where the capital city is situated, concentrates the highest percentage of death, nationwide.
The regions of Áncash, La Libertad and Ayacucho concentrate 51 percent of traffic accidents.
Peru has a death rate of 21.5 casualties per a thousand inhabitants, according to the World Health Organization, ranking third in the world.
Venezuela and Mexico have the first and second highest death rates, respectively, with four times as much automobiles than Peru, said the Ministry.