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Accident statistics 2011: number of road fatalities increased again

Accident statistics 2011
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N oh preliminary Results are thus 343 more fatalities in 2011 than in 2010. The number of people who were seriously or slightly injured increased by 5.5 percent in 2011 compared to the previous year to around 391,500.

Accident numbers are falling

However, the total number of accidents recorded by the police decreased last year and was around 2.3 million (- 2, 8 percent). This decrease is due to accidents with only property damage, which fell by 4.0 percent to 2.0 million. The number of accidents with personal injury, on the other hand, rose by 6.0 percent to around 305,700.

The main reason for the negative development among the victims in 2011 compared to the previous year is the weather conditions: Relatively mild The winter months, a very warm, dry spring and a comparatively beautiful autumn resulted in more deaths and injuries. When the weather conditions are favorable, people drive more and often faster. In addition, there are more unprotected road users such as pedestrians and two-wheelers on the road. This increases the severity of the accidents.

In twelve federal states there were more road fatalities in 2011 than in the previous year. The strongest increase in percentage terms was found in Hamburg (+ 54.5 percent or 12 people), followed by Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (+ 32.4 percent or 35 people) and Thuringia (+ 25.0 percent or 30 people). Only in Rhineland-Palatinate (- 6.3 percent or 13 people), Baden-Württemberg (- 3.0 percent or 15 people), Brandenburg (- 2.6 percent or 5 people) and the Saarland (- 2.4 percent or 1 person) there were fewer fatally injured road users to complain about.

Measured by the number of inhabitants, the risk of dying on the road was greatest in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania with 87 fatalities per million inhabitants. But Saxony-Anhalt (78) and Brandenburg (75) also had significantly higher values ​​than the national average, which in 2011 was 49 fatalities per million inhabitants.

Particularly high number of traffic fatalities in December

December 2011 significantly intensified the negative trend in traffic fatalities in the past year. According to preliminary results, 364 people were killed in traffic this month, more than twice as many as in December 2010 (181). This was the highest value in December since 2007. The number of injuries also increased very sharply in December 2011, by35.4 percent to around 31,400.

The very high rates of change from December 2011 to December 2010 are partly due to the fact that particularly few people were killed or injured in road accidents in December 2010 due to the onset of winter /p>

Overall, however, the police recorded fewer accidents in December 2011 than a year earlier (- 12.9 percent to 216,000 accidents). While the number of accidents involving personal injury rose by 38.9 percent to around 24,300, the number of accidents exclusively involving property damage fell by 16.9 percent to 191,600.

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