In 2018 slightly less road traffic accidents, people injured and killed than in 2017; more fatalities with motorcycles and bicycles
Out of a total of 46 934 casualties, 1% (409) was killed, 16% (7 631) were seriously injured and 83% (38 894) slightly injured.
Three times as many men (311) as women (98) lost their lives as a result of traffic accidents, with the proportion of men thus standing at 76% on average and peaking at 94% among 20
-24-year olds: lowest number of deaths;
age class with the highest number of injured people
From 2017 to 2018, the number of 15
Within 10 years not only the number of killed 15
Despite these declines, this age group still accounts for the largest number of casualties and its share of all casualties is with 24% disproportionately high compared to its share of population (11%).
Passenger car: less injured people; number of fatalities unchanged, every fourth not belted
23 709 people (6.6% fewer than in 2017) were injured as car occupants, while the number of those killed in a car remained virtually unchanged (181 compared with 182 in 2017). Every fourth car passenger killed (47 or 26%) was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
Motorcycle: highest number of fatalities since 2004; 43% died in single vehicle accidents
The number of motorcycle deaths (102) increased by 19 persons or 23% compared to 2017 and was the highest in 2003 most recently (109 deaths). Thus every fourth fatality was a motorcyclist.The growth comes mainly from April, according to "Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik (ZAMG)" the warmest since 1800, with more than twice as many motorcycle deaths compared to April 2017 (13 to 6) as well as from September (mild, sunny and mostly dry) with also 13 killed motorcyclists (2017: 8 killed). A high proportion of those killed motorcyclists (43%) were accounted for by single vehicle accidents, accidents without other accident participants, 24% by head-on and lateral collisions.
Bicycle: around 8 200 cyclists injured or killed
(+689), at the age of 65 years and more 23% with e-bikes
There were 8 173
Pedestrians: lowest number of fatalities; decrease by two-thirds in the months of July to September
The number of injured pedestrians was only slightly
lower than in 2017 (3 808;
on methods, definitions: On 1 January 2012, a significant 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 have become
known later as well as additional injury reports. Due to these changes
in the data collecting method, a break in time-series from the reporting
year 2012 onwards has to be considered. Due to the revised survey method,
a direct comparison between the results before 2012 with those from
2012 onwards is not recommended.
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.
Severe injury: according to § 84 "Strafgesetzbuch" a health damage or an occupational disability for more than 24 days, or a serious injury or health damage.
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