Accident Statistics: These roads are the most dangerous for children

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These streets are the most dangerous for children

Which cities need to be particularly concerned about the safety of their children on the road? The responsible federal agency has analyzed data for this. The risks are very unevenly distributed.

D.he dangers for children in road traffic vary greatly depending on where they live, according to a study. According to the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt), they are almost four times as likely to be damaged in Neumunster in Schleswig-Holstein as in the district of Sudwestpfalz in Rhineland-Palatinate.

Among the large cities, the risk is particularly high in Bremen and Hanover, while in Leipzig it is lowest. This emerges from the children’s accident atlas published in Bergisch Gladbach.

The BASt evaluated data on accidents from 2006 to 2010 in which children up to and including 14 years of age were killed or injured. The numbers are intended to help municipalities compare the risks on their roads with those in similar places, said Nicola Neumann-Opitz, one of the study’s authors.

According to atlas, in Bremen and Hanover in the five years under review, 3.35 children per 1000 had accidents in accidents on bicycles, on foot or in the car. In Leipzig it was 2.33. Neumunster has the highest nationwide value among the districts and cities with 5.67, while it is 1.5 in the district of Sudwestpfalz.

Large number of unreported cases suspected

In the case of bicycle accidents in particular, the authors assume that the number of unreported cases is because only accidents recorded by the police were included in the analysis. Children who fall on bicycles and injure themselves in the process without the police documenting this were therefore not counted. In addition, the authors warned that there could be distortions in areas with a low population density.

Among the 15 large cities, Cologne and Hamburg are in the top group with the highest risk with 3.18, while Munich (2.34), Frankfurt / Main (2.54) and Stuttgart (2.7) performed best after Leipzig.

The differences are also considerable depending on the type of accident. In Bremen, children are particularly likely to have accidents on bicycles, in Essen, however, more often as pedestrians and in Hanover as co-drivers in the car.

Little evidence of improvement

However, there is no data on the means of transport used by children in different cities and regions. If they mainly ride their bikes in Bremen and walk in Essen, that would explain the discrepancy.

“There are still huge differences,” said Neumann-Opitz. If the Federal Statistical Office compares the accident risks of the federal states, there is little evidence of improvement, because city-states and regional states are side by side.

The atlas gives the municipalities the opportunity to measure themselves against comparable municipalities, cities and districts and to see what they could possibly do better.

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