Fewer road traffic accidents in the first quarter of 2020, but number of fatalities increased
An average of 75 fewer injuries per day during
-19 restrictions in March
A decline of 17% year-on-year was recorded in the
first quarter of 2020 in both the number of accidents (5 096) and the
number of injured (6 668 persons; see table 1). The decrease in the number
Main cause of fatal accidents is inappropriate speed
There was a significant increase of fatal accidents caused by inappropriate speed in the first quarter of 2020 (27 fatalities). 39% of all fatal accidents were a result of inappropriate speed (2019: 23%), followed by accidents caused by inattention or distraction (21%, 2019: 31%). In calendar weeks 12 and 13, 71% of fatal accidents were caused by inappropriate speed.
More fatalities in Burgenland and Carinthia
Lower Austria (20 deaths,
No fatally injured children in the first three months of 2020
In the first quarter of 2020, no children (0–14 years) were fatally injured and no fatal accidents on the way to school of six to 15-year-olds were reported. However, 334 children were injured in traffic accidents; this is a decrease of 25% compared to the same quarter last year. In calendar weeks 12 and 13, ten children were injured in traffic accidents, a decrease of 89% compared to the same period of the previous year.
on methods, definitions: In 2012, a 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 become known later as well as additional injury reports. Another
change in the structure of the survey took place in 2018. Due to these
changes in the data collecting method, a break in time-series from the
years 2016–2018 (final results) towards 2019–2020 (preliminary results;
additional injury reports are possible) has to be considered.
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.
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