OECD: Type of Traffic Accidents (I)

The data on 3 main types of traffic accidents are compiled and analyzed:

  • Accidents between vehicle and pedestrian
  • Single vehicle accidents
  • Accidents between vehicle

Number of incidents, persons killed and persons injured in each type of traffic accidents were compared, between year 2001-2003.

 Table A

Table A shows that for overall (3 types accidents combined), Greece has the highest number of people killed (99.6) per 1000 accidents occured. This is closely followed by Luxembourg (81.5). On the other hand, UK has the lowest number of persons killed in accidents (15.6), while Canada, Germany and US are seeing less than 20 persons killed per 1000 accidents.

On the other hand, for single accident happen, Spain is seeing 1.496 persons injured, Iceland 1.490 and Luxembourg 1.450. Ireland has the lowest number of persons injured per accident: as low as 0. 780, almost as 2x lower than Spain.

 Table B

For traffic accidents type between vehicle and pedestrians, 92.2 persons died in 1000 such cases in Greece, 87.2 for Hungary and 73.8 persons for Finland. The number for such case is extremely low in Iceland, about 13.3 persons killed in 1000 cases, or the probability of someone will died due to this type of accidents is 1.33%.

As for the number of persons injured in such accidents, Sweden has 1.118 persons, closely followed by Italy (1.116) and Spain (1.109). Overall the number of persons injured is relatively low, but Ireland is making it exceptionally low at 0.646 persons injured for each such case. The same case go to Hungary which has low number of persons injured, but high in casualties/deaths.

 Table C

It is noted that the fatality is much higher for single vehicle type accidents.  It is Greece again, 198.8 persons died per 1000 this type of accidents. France, 116.8 persons and Luxembourg 104.3 persons ranked #2 and #3 in such fatality.

Iceland sees 1.436 persons injured per incident for this type of accidents. Followed closely by Spain 1.434 and Hungary 1.417 persons. Ireland is seeing very low number of injured persons for this type of accidents.

 Table D

It is surprised to note that the number of persons killed in accidents between vehicles is lower than single vehicle accidents. 74.8 of Greeks will die in this type of accidents for each 1000 cases while 72.2 and 62.8 persons in Luxembourg and Hungary respectively. UK, Germany and Canada has very low fatalities in such accidents, accounted only 12.1, 13.6 and 13.9 persons in 1000 accidents respectively.

Luxembourg has the highest number of persons injured (1.754) in between vehicle type accidents. This is followed by Iceland, 1.662. Ireland is the only country has lower than 1 person injured in this type of accident, and as a matter of fact, in every type and overall road/traffic accidents.

Source: UNECE, 2001-2003


  1. June 24, 2007 at 3:59 am

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  2. Luba Prieur said,

    August 4, 2010 at 3:03 am

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