On May 23 and 24, the FIA and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) organized a Movernos Seguros workshop to analyze the road safety situation in Honduras, the role of auto insurance and key elements to improve post-accident response.
Every year, 1.3 million people die in road accidents worldwide with dramatic consequences, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. In Latin America, 100,000 people lose their lives on the road every year. The World Health Organization records a rate of 17 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, higher than the world average, and highlights an upward trend due to the increase in the number of motorcycles.
Specifically in Honduras, 1,374 people have died on average each year since 2013 due to road accidents. Serious injuries, the very low level of compulsory insurance uptake and the impact of road accidents on the healthcare system and the economy in general are also key issues to be addressed.
Hence the importance of Movernos Seguros, a program that supports and accompanies the actions of governments to create or strengthen compulsory automobile insurance and make it an instrument for preventing traffic accidents and a comprehensive compensation scheme for victims. The initiative is part of the Global Road Safety Plan 2021-2030 which, for the first time, highlights the role of motor insurance and recommends making it compulsory in all countries.
The Movernos Seguros the workshop brought together government entities related to transport, health and insurance, as well as representatives of the FIA, FIA Member Club Honduran Association of Automovilismo Deportivoinsurance companies, user associations, disaster victims and parliamentarians.
Among the most important conclusions that emerged during the workshop, participants agreed on the need to develop a priority work program focused on improving post-crash care for road victims. They also converged on the need to strengthen the response capacity of health entities, in particular public centers. They even shared the idea that road safety programs should be strengthened to include professional training for drivers in Honduras and that compulsory car insurance could be an important contribution, adapting it to the economic reality of the country.