Over 23 000 victims of road accidents in the EU in 2018


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In 2018, 23 339 people died in road accidents in the EU, 45% being passenger car occupants, 21% pedestrians, 15% motorcycles, 8% bicycles and 12% other categories (including light and heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches, mopeds and other vehicles). There has been a downward trend over the last 10 years in the number of road traffic victims in the EU. Compared with 2008, the number of road fatalities has fallen by more than 13 000 persons (-37%), from almost 37 000 to less than 24 000 in 2018.


Road traffic victims in the EU

Source dataset: tran_sf_roadve


Number of road fatalities relative to the population lowest in Ireland and Denmark, highest in Romania and Bulgaria

Compared with the population of each Member State, the lowest rates of road fatalities in 2018 were observed in Ireland (29 road traffic victims per million inhabitants), Denmark (30), Sweden (32) and the Netherlands (35), ahead of Malta (38), Spain (39) and Germany (40).

At the opposite end of the scale, the highest rates were recorded in Romania (96 road traffic victims per million inhabitants), Bulgaria (87), Croatia and Latvia (both 77) and Poland (75).

In 2018, there were in total 52 road traffic victims per million inhabitants in the EU as a whole.


Road traffic victims in the EU (per million inhabitants, 2018)

Source dataset: tran_sf_roadve


For more information, take a look at the Statistics Explained article on Road accident fatalities - statistics by type of vehicle.


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