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Statistics – accidents data

The Commission has adopted an ambitious Road Safety Programme which aims to cut road deaths in Europe between 2011 and 2020. The programme sets out a mix of initiatives, at European and national level, focussing on improving vehicle safety, the safety of infrastructure and road users' behaviour.

Key figures:

  • Road Safety is a major societal issue. In 2011, more than 30,000 people died on the roads of the European Union, i.e. the equivalent of a medium town.
  • For every death on Europe's roads there are an estimated 4 permanently disabling injuries such as damage to the brain or spinal cord, 8 serious injuries and 50 minor injuries.

 

Road fatalities in the EU since 2001

Road fatalities in the EU since 2001

 

Click here for figurespdf(118 kB)


Road Safety evolution in the EU

Road Safety evolution in the EUpdf(340 kB)
Road Safety evolution in the EU by populationpdf(138 kB)

The Road Safety Atlas provides accident statistics for each European country using interactive maps and satellite images. It has been developed to raise awareness about Europe's road safety policy. The Atlas is available for all platforms (desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone). The information published in the Atlas is from CARE, the European Union’s road accidents database.

Road accidents in the European Union using a Geographical Information System (GIS).

A map user guidepdf(837 kB) is available to describe the layout and contents of the following thematic maps.

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Reduction in Road Deaths versus 2010 (%)pdfpdfpdf 
Reduction in Road Deaths versus 2001 (%)  pdfpdfpdfpdfpdf 
Road Deaths per Million Inhabitantspdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdf
Road Deaths per Million Inhabitants - Youngsters: Age 15-17   pdf   
Road Deaths per Million Inhabitants - Youngsters: Age 18-24pdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdf
Road Deaths per Million Inhabitants - The Elderly: Age >64pdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdf
Road Deaths per Million Inhabitants - Pedestrianspdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdf
Road Deaths per Million Inhabitants - Cars and Taxispdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdf
Road Deaths per Million Inhabitants - NUTS-1 Regions   pdf    
Road Deaths per Million Inhabitants - NUTS-2 Regions     pdfpdfpdf
Road Deaths per Million Inhabitants - NUTS-3 Regions     pdfpdfpdf
Road Deaths by Age Grouppdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdf
Road Deaths by Age Group Inside Built-Up Areaspdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdf
Road Deaths by Age Group Outside Built-Up Areaspdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdf
Road Deaths by Area Typepdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdf
Road Deaths by Area Type Driverspdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdf
Road Deaths by Area Type Pedestrianspdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdf
Road Deaths by Genderpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdf
Road Deaths by User Typepdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdf
Road Deaths by User Type Inside Built-Up Areaspdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdf
Road Deaths by User Type Outside Built-Up Areaspdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdf
Road Deaths by Transport Modepdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdf
Road Deaths by Transport Mode Inside Built-Up Areaspdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdf
Road Deaths by Transport Mode Outside Built-Up Areaspdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdf

Summary table (source CARE)

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By userpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchart
By genderpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchart
By transport modepdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchart
By agepdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchart
By monthpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchart
By transport mode (no cars)pdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchartpdfchart

Reports by other CARE users

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Annual Statistical Reportspdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdfpdf
Traffic Safety Basic Facts     
Childrenpdfpdfpdfpdfpdf
Car Occupantspdfpdfpdfpdfpdf
Motorcycles and Mopedspdfpdfpdfpdfpdf
Motorwayspdfpdfpdfpdfpdf
Pedestrianspdfpdfpdfpdfpdf
Youngsterspdf    
Young peoplepdfpdfpdfpdf 
The Elderlypdfpdfpdfpdf 
Junctionspdfpdfpdf  
Bicyclespdfpdfpdf  
Heavy Goods Vehicles and Bussespdfpdfpdf  
Urban Areaspdfpdf   
Roads outside urban areaspdf    
Genderpdf    
Single vehicle accidentspdf    
Seasonalitypdf    
Main figurespdfpdfpdf  

CARE is a Community database on road accidents resulting in death or injury (no statistics on damage - only accidents). The major difference between CARE and most other existing international databases is the high level of disaggregation, i.e. CARE comprises detailed data on individual accidents as collected by the Member States. This structure allows for maximum flexibility and potential with regard to analysing the information contained in the system and opens up a whole set of new possibilities in the field of accident analysis.

The purpose of CARE system is to provide a powerful tool which would make it possible to identify and quantify road safety problems throughout the European roads, evaluate the efficiency of road safety measures, determine the relevance of Community actions and facilitate the exchange of experience in this field.

The Council decided on 30 November 1993 the creation of a Community database on road accidents ( Council Decision 93/704/EC , Oj No L329 of 30.12.1993, pp. 63-65).

This database at Community level (CARE - Community database on Accidents on the Roads in Europe) would make it possible to identify and quantify road safety problems, evaluate the efficiency of road safety measures, determine the relevance of Community actions and facilitate the exchange of experience in this field.

National data sets should be integrated into the CARE database in their original national structure and definitions, with confidential data blanked out. The Commission provides a framework of transformation rules allowing CARE to provide compatible data.

A glossarypdf(2 MB) defines the country variables and transformation rules.