Third Road Safety Week, 1 to 7 May 2000
In 1997 an estimated 164,677 persons were killed on the roads in the ECE region. An estimated 6,118,844 persons were seriously injured. Of those, a notable percentage were vulnerable road users, as is shown in the following table and diagrams:
Vulnerable road users are more exposed to the risk of accidents than other road users.
In 1997 an estimated 19% of persons involved in serious accidents (injured or killed) were vulnerable road users.
When accidents occur they have much more serious consequences for vulnerable road users than for others. Although only an estimated 19% of those involved in serious accidents in 1997 were vulnerable road users, an estimated 37% of the persons killed were vulnerable road users.