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Statistics of Road Traffic Accidents in Europe and North America

Between 2003 and 2013, the total number of fatalities in road traffic accidents decreased by more than 30 per cent in the UNECE region, reaching 108,857 in 2013. This trend was particularly pronounced between 2007 and 2010 with average annual decreases of more than 8 per cent.

Beyond this positive trend, data on road traffic fatalities per inhabitant show large disparities between countries and regions. In the UNECE region, the per capita fatality rate is inversely correlated with gross domestic product (GDP) per capita. In 2013, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands had the lowest number of fatalities per capita with Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation and Kazakhstan having the highest rates. Kyrgyzstan's rate of fatalities per capita was almost eight times that of Sweden.

The UNECE region as a whole reported approximately 87 fatalities per one million inhabitants in 2013, with the EU/EFTA region reporting a ratio more than 40 per cent lower than this average and the rest of the region reporting a ratio of more than 40 per cent higher.

This publication provides comparable data on causes, types and results of accidents in Europe, Canada and the United States. Data are organized by nature of accident and surroundings; accidents while under the influence of alcohol; and the number of persons killed or injured, by category or road user and age group.

It is used by government for the analysis of accidents, patterns of accidents and for planning improvements in road traffic safety.

Download it at: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=41891