Press release: 12.517
Fewer deaths and injuries in road accidents in 2020; inappropriate speed number one cause of fatal accidents
Lockdowns had a significant influence on the occurrence of accidents
The number of injuries and fatalities fell significantly,
especially during the "hard" lockdowns: Between 16 March and
26 April 2020, the number of casualties and fatalities fell by 61% compared
to the average value for the same period of the past three years; between
16 November and 6 December 2020, the number of casualties fell by 47%.
Also during the "light" lockdowns – in April/May as well
as in November/December – the number of people involved in accidents
decreased significantly, namely by about 30% (27.4.–31.5.:
Inappropriate speed was the main cause of fatal accidents in 2020
A total of 344 people were fatally injured in road accidents in 2020 (see table 1). The number of fatalities decreased by 17% compared to the previous year and was significantly below 400 for the first time. The main cause of fatal road accidents in 2020 was inappropriate speed, which killed 110 people (2019: 103, 2018: 98). This is 32% of all fatally injured people, which is significantly higher than in 2018 (24%) and 2019 (25%). Between 16 March and 31 May 2020, the proportion even rose to 39% (mean 2017–2019: 25%), 23 people were fatally injured during this period caused by inappropriate speed.
Highest number of single-vehicle accidents in the last 30 years
139 people died in single-vehicle accidents on Austria's roads in 2020. This means that in 40% of all fatalities no other road user was involved in the accident apart from possible passengers. In general, the share of single-vehicle accidents also increased in 2020, namely by 5 percentage points to a share of 36% of the total accidents (2019: 31%), reaching the highest value in almost 30 years. While the proportion of cars in single-vehicle accidents halved from 62% to 30% during this period, the proportion of bicycles tripled from 11% to 39%. In 2020, the proportion of bicycle accidents in single-vehicle accidents rose by 8 percentage points (2019: 31%). For the first time, bicycles are the dominant mode of transport in single-vehicle accidents.
Never before so many injured cyclists
For almost all road users, a decrease in the number of injured or fatally injured persons was recorded in 2020. Only the number of injured or fatally injured cyclists rose in 2020, by 14% (see table 2). This corresponds to an increase of three injured or fatally injured cyclists per day. In the last 30 years, there were never as many cyclists injured as in 2020.
on methods, definitions: The road traffic accidents with personal
injury are electronically recorded by the police and transmitted to
Statistics Austria via a web service.
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.
Casualties (injured or fatally injured people)
in road traffic accidents, 2017
-2020 (calendar weeks)
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