The number of people injured in traffic accidents fell by 40 percent in January compared to the previous year. According to the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden on Wednesday, the police in Germany recorded a total of around 150,000 accidents (minus 24 percent), the number of injuries was 15,500.
141 people were killed, 65 fewer than in January 2020 (minus 32 percent). Due to the corona pandemic, the number of accidents and victims had already decreased significantly throughout 2020.
As the Federal Office announced at the end of February, the number of road deaths in 2020 fell by 10.6 percent year-on-year to 2,724 – and thus reached the lowest level since the census began more than 60 years ago. The number of injuries also fell compared to 2019 by 14.7 percent to around 328,000 people. According to preliminary figures, the police recorded a total of around 2.3 million accidents in 2020 (minus 15.8 percent).
On Wednesday, the Federal Office announced even more detailed figures for the past year. Accordingly, more than two thirds (69 percent) of all traffic accidents in which people were injured or killed occurred in urban areas. Most of the injuries (65.3 percent) were found within localities. Most of the traffic fatalities were on country roads, where 1,592 people died, that was 59 percent of all fatalities. 810 people died in built-up areas and 317 on highways.
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