Says the World Bank in this article. What exactly gives the car industry and car users the right to kill that many people? Why do so many people have to die just for transport to work in this particular way?
And only 1.2 million of that comes from car crashes. The remaining 800,000 is from pollution, which is a big problem in cities.
The World Bank is doing something about it, by helping Lagos to build a bus rapid transit system.
But in the long run, it needs to become illegal to build, sell, or use cars running on gasoline because of global meltdown anyway. Having that happen sooner rather than later would help with this pollution problem as well as with reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Every decade that transition gets done earlier saves 8 million lives alone from reduced pollution.