Press release: 12.355-195/20
– In the first half of 2020, inappropriate speed killed 55 people and
was the number one cause of fatal road accidents in Austria, as Statistics Austria
reports. Although in the first half of 2020 fewer people died in road
traffic accidents than in the same period in 2019, seven more people
died as a result of inappropriate speed than in the first half of 2019.
In previous years, inattention or distraction was the most frequent
cause of fatal road accidents.
While in 2019 23% and in 2018 22% of fatal accidents
were caused by inappropriate speed, in the first half of 2020 it was
38%. 49 of the 55 people died (almost 90%) were drivers of the vehicles
and at the same time the person presumably causing the accident. The
majority drove a car (24 people) or motorcycle (17 people), three people
a bicycle (two of them an electric bicycle), three people a truck and
one person each a tractor and a carriage. In addition, four passengers
and two pedestrians lost their lives in accidents caused by inappropriate
speed. An even more significant increase of fatal accidents due to inappropriate
speed was seen during the lockdown from mid-March to the end of April 2020
(calendar weeks 12 to 17): 14 persons were fatally injured in this period
– thus, the proportion of fatal accidents due to inappropriate speed
rose to 44%.
Fewer road traffic fatalities during lockdown;
increase in Salzburg
In the first half of 2020, a total of 152 persons died
in road traffic accidents in Austria, 44 persons less (-22%) than in the
first half of 2019 (196 fatalities, see table 1); although this decrease
is mainly due to the lockdown. In calendar weeks 12 to 17, a total of
36 people was fatally injured in accidents (see table 2), 13 persons
less than in the same period in 2019 (-27%, 2019: 49 fatalities). There
was a strong decrease in fatalities in this period in Tyrol (no fatalities),
Carinthia (1 fatality, -80%) and Styria (5 fatalities, -55%), while in Salzburg
the number of fatalities increased (6 fatalities, +200%).
The number of injured (15 524) also decreased significantly
in the first half of this year (-25%), in particular in the calendar
weeks 12 to 17 (-60%). On average, 70 fewer persons were injured per
day during the lockdown than in the same period in 2019, when an average
of 116 people were injured each day.
More than half of the fatally injured cyclists
rode an electric bicycle
Although the number of fatalities and injuries decreased
in the first half of 2020, the number of cyclists involved in accidents
rose by 9% (see table 3). 17 cyclists died in road traffic accidents
in the first half of 2020 (2019: 16), more than half of them (53%) on
an electric bicycle.
More road deaths in alcohol-related accidents
The number of alcohol accidents continues to rise.
While in the first half of 2018 5.9% of all accidents involved an drunk
person (driver or pedestrian), the proportion rose to 6.7% in the first
half of 2019 and to 7.1% in the first six month of 2020. In the first
half of 2020, 14 people died in alcohol accidents; (9% of all road traffic
accidents), this is by 40% more than in the first half of 2019 (10 people).
No fatally injured children
In the first half of 2020, no children (0–14 years)
were fatally injured and no fatal accidents on the way to school of
six to 15-year-olds were reported. However, 841 children were injured
in traffic accidents; a decrease of 35% compared to the same period
of the previous year.
For more detailed results and further information
concerning statistics of road traffic accidents please refer to our website
or the German version.
on methods, definitions: In 2012, a change in the survey method
took place. The survey based on paper questionnaires was replaced by
electronic police reports. Since then, the results also include accidents
which become known later as well as additional injury reports.
Injury accident: any accident involving
at least one road vehicle in motion on a public road, resulting in at
least one injured or killed person.
Person killed: any person killed immediately
or dying within 30 days as a result of an injury accident.
traffic accidents, injuries and fatalities||20161)||20171)||20181)||20191)||20201)||Changes
2019 to 2020 in %|
Accidents||17 200||17 017||17 145||16 187||12 525||-22.6%|
Injuries||21 740||21 528||21 821||20 602||15 524||-24.6%|
Injured children||1 346||1 300||1 419||1 294||841||-35.0%|
Fatally injured children||4||3||1||8||-||-100.0%|
traffic accidents, injuries and fatalities||20191)||20201)||Changes
2019 to 2020 in %|
|Accidents||3 831||1 734||-54.7%|
|Injuries||4 886||1 959||-59.9%|
|Casualties1)||7 732||3 640||2 227||1 179||425||473||15 676|
2019 to 2020 in %||-31.3||8.6||-30.6||-31.5||-23.0||-34.0||-24.6|
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Spatial Statistics, Statistics Austria:
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