I ntotal lay However, the number of those killed is still at the second lowest level since 1950. The number of people who were seriously or slightly injured increased by 4.0% in 2014 compared to the previous year to around 389,000.
Accident numbers slightly down
However, the total number of accidents recorded by the police decreased slightly in 2014 and was around around 2.40 million (- 0.7%). This decrease is due to accidents with property damage only, which fell by 1.3% to 2.10 million. In contrast, the number of accidents involving personal injury rose by 3.8% to around 302,000.
The total number of casualties increased by 3.9% in 2014 compared to the previous year. One of the main reasons for this was the weather conditions: in particular the relatively mild winter months and a very warm, dry spring 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.
Measured by the number of inhabitants, the risk of dying in traffic was greatest in Saxony-Anhalt with 61 fatalities per 1 million inhabitants. But Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (58) as well as Lower Saxony and Brandenburg (57 each) had significantly higher values than the national average, which in 2014 was 42 fatalities per 1 million inhabitants.