Traffic Safety Statistics

Road accidents and their far-reaching consequences on humans and society are of great concern to all actors in the road transport system. Globally the number of fatalities/year grows and is currently in the order of 1.3 million. United Nations (UN) has proclaimed the years 2011-2020 as the “Decade of Action for road safety. Ambitious safety targets have been set in a number of countries and at European level there is a target of near zero accidents 2050.

SAFER has explored an interesting way to look at the road safety development across the globe. In this example, we can view the 13 countries which constitute the ESV Global Focal Points. The data used are publicly available on-line from several global organisations providing data.

The below graph is an example that illustrates the decrease in fatality rate since 1990. In this graph we show the traffic deaths per billion kilometres driven together with the number of vehicles registered per thousand inhabitants. The size of the bubbles is representing the population. Since this is based on data publicly available and easy accessible on the web, some countries do not have full coverage for all years in the graph.

What this graph shows is that the number of vehicles per person is increasing (on the x-axis), and at the same time, the fatalities per vehicle kilometre driven (on the y axis) is decreasing

Press "play" to see the bubbles move. Hold your mouse over bubbles to see which country each bubble represents.

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In the next graph data is visualised in a different way. Here we can see the decrease in traffic deaths per kilometre driven for each year since 1970 and the decreasing trends are evident even in this graph.


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Last modified: June 08, 2016


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