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Accident statistics 2016: more accidents, fewer road deaths

Accident statistics 2016
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I m year In 2016, the number of accidents reached a new high. As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) after the final results of the traffic accident statistics, the police recorded around 2.6 million road traffic accidents, 2.7% more than 2015. This made 2016 the most accident-laden year since German reunification.

Number of road fatalities at a low

Nevertheless, fewer people died in 2016 than ever since the survey began in 1953: a total of 3,206 accidental deaths, that is 253 fatalities or 7.3% less than in 2015. For In 2015 the Federal Statistical Office registered 3,459 fatalities.

Compared to 1970, with 21,332 fatalities, the year with the blackest record, this was a decrease of 85%. Nevertheless, an average of 9 people were killed every day in road traffic in 2016. 396,666 road users were injured in 2016, 0.8% more than in 2015.

Of the road fatalities, almost every second person was an occupant in a car (1,531 fatalities), and every sixth was a driver or passenger Motorcycles with registration numbers such as motorcycles and scooters (536), one in seven pedestrians (490) and almost one in eight a cyclist (393). Compared to the previous year, significantly fewer users of motorcycles with license plates lost their lives in road traffic in 2016 (- 103 fatalities). The number of people killed in passenger cars (- 89) and pedestrians (- 47) has also decreased. Four people died as occupants of a bus, one less than in 2015.

In contrast, slightly more people died on bicycles (+10) and on motorcycles with insurance numbers (+6) such as mopeds and mopeds.

Rural roads with the greatest risk potential

In 2016, 1,853 people died on rural roads, that was 58% of all traffic fatalities, 30% died within built-up areas (960) and 12% on motorways (393). Most of the fatalities on rural roads were killed in a car (60%), and almost one in four was a motorcycle user. On the other hand, over 70% of all pedestrians killed and more than 60% of all cyclists killed had an accident within built-up areas.

A third of all road fatalities were 65 years or older. On average, older people suffer more serious consequences from accidents than younger people because their physical resistance decreases with age. This is particularly evident in the case of unprotected road users: more than half of the cyclists killed and morethan half of the pedestrians killed were seniors.

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