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75 die in road traffic accidents every day in Europe

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The number of deaths caused by road accidents in the EU reduced by 9% in 2012 (3 000 human lives). Last year’s number of deaths caused by road accidents in the EU was the lowest since the first compilation of this kind of statistical data.

Latvia and Estonia have had the largest reduction in the number of deaths in the EU in the last decade. Latvia’s last year’s index was the lowest among EU countries – the number of deaths in road accidents had reduced by 2%, compared to 2012, as reported by the European Commission’s representation in Latvia.

Statistics suggests there are ten people with serious injuries and 40 with light injuries for every one person that dies in road accidents in Europe. 250 thousand people are injured in such accidents in Europe every year. As a comparison – the total number of deaths in road accident of 2012 is 28 thousand.

The number of deaths has reduced by 43% in the last decade, that of seriously injured people has reduced by 36%. The most common injuries of such accidents include head trauma of varying severity, followed by different leg and back injuries.

Seeing as how the number of deaths caused by road accidents was reduced by 2% in 2011, last year’s 9% indicates that EU countries are on the right track, EC notes.

Statistics show Britain, Sweden, the Netherlands and Denmark have the least number of fatal road accidents (30 deaths per 1 million residents).

According to EU transport Commissioner Siim Kallas, the results of Europe’s road safety are inspiring. Nevertheless, he says, an average of 75 people die every day, so there is no reason to be complacent just yet. A specific goal has been achieved – the reduction of the number of deaths in road accidents by half. “However, deaths in road accidents represents a mere tip of the iceberg. For every one death there are ten heavily injured. We need a strategy to reduce the overall number of serious injuries in the EU,” – he says.

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