Press release: 12.575
Trucks involved in almost every second fatal road accident in the first quarter of 2021
959 casualties in the first quarter of 2021 were due
to accidents involving a truck. This
corresponds to 16% of all casualties. In the previous years, the share
was 12% to 13%. Of these 959 casualties, 22 people were killed, which
is almost one in two road deaths (46%). In March 2021, the number of
casualties in accidents involving trucks increased (389 people) and is
not only significantly higher than in 2020 (214 casualties,
Lockdowns had a significant influence on the occurrence of accidents
The decrease in casualties in the first quarter of 2021 is mainly due to the lower traffic volume during the corona-related lockdowns, with the number of people injured and killed falling significantly, especially during the "hard lockdown" in calendar weeks 1 to 5. Between 4 January and 7 February 2021, the number of people killed fell by 48% and the number of people injured by 29% compared to the same period last year.
In contrast, during the "lockdown light"
and first opening steps in Vorarlberg in March 2021, the number of casualties
increased by 57% compared to March 2020 (from mid-March 2020, a "hard
lockdown" applied throughout Austria) and, with 2 447 injured or
killed persons, almost reached the values of March 2019 again (2 862
Never before so many cyclists injured or killed
After the percentage of cyclists involved in accidents had already risen in the individual quarters in 2020 compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year, the rising trend in the number of cyclists injured or killed continued: 893 cyclists were either killed or injured in accidents in the first quarter of 2021, the highest figure in the past 30 years (first quarter 2020: 738, first quarter 2019: 726 people). This means that 15% of all people involved in accidents in the first quarter of 2021 were on a bicycle. Of the total of 893 cyclists involved in road traffic accidents, six were killed (first quarter 2020: three deaths). More than half of them, namely four persons, were riding an e-bike.
All-time low in passenger car and pedestrian fatalities
In the past 30 years, the number of car occupants and pedestrians who died in traffic accidents in the first quarter has never been lower than in 2021. 26 people in a car were killed in road traffic accidents in the first quarter of 2021, compared to 39 in both 2020 and 2019, resulting in a decline by one third in 2021. The number of fatally injured pedestrians fell by more than half, from 16 people in the first quarter of 2020 to seven people in 2021 (see Table 2).
Most traffic fatalities in Upper Austria
In the first quarter 2021, Upper Austria recorded the
most fatalities (15), ahead of Lower Austria (12 fatalities, see Table 3)
for the first time in the last 15 years. While there was a decrease
in all federal states in January and February (except Burgenland in
Every second fatality due to inappropriate speed
The main cause of fatal accidents in the first quarter of 2021 was inappropriate speed. This resulted in the deaths of 24 people, which corresponds to 50% of all traffic deaths and again exceeds the shares of the previous quarters (2020: 4th quarter: 24%, 3rd quarter: 32%, 2nd quarter: 34%, 1st quarter: 39%).
on methods, definitions: Statistics Austria has been compiling
and publishing statistics on road traffic accidents with personal injury
since 1961. The traffic accidents are recorded electronically by the
police authorities and transmitted to Statistics Austria via a web service.
The currently published quarterly results of 2021 are to be regarded
as provisional until the final annual results are available, as changes
to the accident data (e.g. subsequent injury reports) that subsequently
become known are still possible by the Federal Ministry of the Interior
or the police authorities. Since no comparable preliminary quarterly
results are available for the reporting years 2017 and 2018, the final
results from these years are presented and the preliminary results from
2019 to 2021. A comparison of the preliminary and final results is only
possible to a limited extent.
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: include persons injured or killed in and as a result of an accident.
Trucks refer to articulated vehicles "up to 3.5t" ("light trucks") and "over 3.5t" ("heavy trucks").
When analysing the accident figures in the course of the "hard" and "light" lockdowns - in order to be able to achieve comparability with previous years - the calendar weeks were used as comparison periods, even if the lockdowns did not always fall exactly into a calendar week.
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