Number of road deaths lower than ever
A cross with flowers to commemorate a fatal traffic accident. The statistic shows fewer fatal traffic accidents than in previous years
Source: dpa / jst cul
Horror accidents such as the crash of a wrong-way driver on the A5 illustrate the dangers in road traffic. According to statistics, fewer people died on German roads in 2012 than ever before.
D.he number of road deaths in Germany fell in the first nine months of this year to the lowest level since the statistics were introduced almost 60 years ago. 2762 people died on German roads from January to the end of September 2012, as the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden announced on the basis of preliminary figures.
That was 6.3 percent less than in the first nine months of 2011. Even in 2010, the year with the fewest road fatalities to date, twelve more road users were killed in the first nine months than in 2012.
Around 293,300 motorists, two-wheelers and pedestrians were injured in traffic accidents in the first nine months of this year. That was 0.2 percent less than in the same period of the previous year and the second lowest level since the statistics were introduced in 1953.
More accidents than before
In 2010, fewer than 280,583 road users were injured in the same period. At the same time, however, the police recorded more accidents in 2012: around 1.74 million crashes were recorded, exactly 1.0 percent more than in the first nine months of 2011.
In September 2012, 330 road users died, which was also less than ever. In the same month last year, 62 more people (or 15.8 percent) had died. About 36,400 were injured – a decrease of 5.6 percent. The reason for this is also due to the high safety standards in the vehicles
In the most populous federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the number of road deaths fell significantly more than the national average: from January to the end of September 2012, 15.4 percent fewer people died in road accidents in NRW than in the same period of the previous year. In NRW 395 people were killed in accidents, 56,453 were injured.
Saxony against the federal trend
In contrast, more people died in accidents on Saxony’s roads in the first nine months of the year than in the same period in 2011. 162 traffic fatalities were counted – 19 more than in the previous year. In contrast, the number of people injured in traffic accidents fell slightly to 13,049.
Another statistic shows that things are particularly tight on German roads in an international comparison. Around 43 million cars share almost 700,000 kilometers of roads. If all the cars were on the road at the same time, that would correspond to 61 vehicles per kilometer. With an average car length of 4.50 meters, more than a quarter of the asphalt surface would be completely covered by sheet metal.
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