The Basic Fact Sheet Children provides accident data for 19 EU countries (EU-20 without Germany) over the period 1997-2006. The fact sheet includes several basic characteristics of fatal road accidents involving children (people younger than 16 years). For example: age and gender, type of road, mode of transport, day of the week and time of the day or the seasonality.


Children are at a greater risk than the overall population and their fatality rate is higher than the overall fatality rate. However, less than one in twenty fatalities in road traffic accidents is a child.

Fact: About 1.200 children died in road traffic accidents in 2006 (EU-14 plus Estonia, Hungary, Malta and Poland) (see Figure 1).

Fact: Children are, on average, at less than a quarter of the risk of dying in a road traffic accident than the average person.


Figure 1: Number of child fatalities and their proportion on total fatalities in EU-14, 1997-2006

Source: CARE Database / EC

Date of query: July 2008


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