There were 36,560 deaths from car accidents nationwide in one recent year. An additional 3 million people were injured in crashes. With millions of people being hurt or killed in car crashes annually, it’s necessary to recognize the toll these accidents take on the victims, their families, and their friends.
In honor of how many people’s lives are forever changed by car crashes each year, countries around the world recognize the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. Although this year’s day of remembrance took place on Nov. 15, it’s important to keep the victims of car crashes in mind throughout the year, especially as we head into the holiday season.
What Is the World Day of Remembrance?
The goals of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) are:
- To remember all of the people who are killed or seriously injured on roads worldwide
- To acknowledge the work of emergency responders in helping accident victims
- To draw attention to how few of those who cause car accidents are held accountable for their actions
- To advocate for increased support for car crash victims and their families
- To promote evidence-based steps to prevent additional car accident deaths and injuries
To further these goals, organizers and advocates across the globe hold events aimed at increasing awareness of the cost of car crash deaths and injuries. Organizers also encourage attendees to contact their political representatives to advocate for steps that could reduce car accident deaths and injuries.
Among other actions, organizers for this year’s WDR are taking steps to promote proper vision care. Because vision is so crucial to drivers’ awareness of their environments, easier access to vision care means more drivers will be able to see better, which should help reduce car accident injuries and fatalities.
History of the Day
The WDR was first adopted by the United Nations in 2005. It is observed every year on the third Sunday in November. This year, it took place on Nov. 15. Prior to 2005, various organizations based in Europe — known collectively as the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims — observed their own day, which was known as the European Day of Remembrance.
The first European Day of Remembrance was in 1995, and the movement grew into a worldwide celebration as groups from Africa, North and South America, and Asia began to participate. In 2005, the United Nations created the WDR with a special resolution.
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