European databases

This Section provides you with information about 10 European accident databases. For each of these databases information is provide about what data are collected, how the data are collected, who collects and maintains the data, and which parties may have access to the data. The CARE Database has been used by SafetyNet researchers to report on the basic traffic safety facts for 14 EU countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom). See Section Data – EU Accidents for the results of the CARE Database.


A number of databases concern data of specific road users or at specific locations: CHILD (children), ECBOS (coach and bus occupants), ETAC (truck accidents), MAIDS (motorcyclists), RISER (highways accidents). Links to relevant sites are given at the end of each description.


CARE (Community Road Accident Database) is a Community database on road accidents resulting in death or injury (no statistics on damage - only accidents). The major difference between CARE and most other existing international databases is the high level of disaggregation, i.e. CARE comprises detailed data on individual accidents as collected by the Member States.



CHILD (Child Injury Led Design) aims to increase the knowledge in areas specifically regarding children, and use the information in applications of child restraint systems design, testing and regulation.

For more information visit the website of the DG-TREN.



EACS (European Accident Causation Survey) was launched by the European Automobile manufacturers Association (ACEA) and the European Commission in 1996. The project aim is to collect accurate information on the causes of road accidents. It focuses on the pre-crash phase, particularly on vehicular factors and safety systems (e.g. ESP); less depth data are reported on injuries.



The ECBOS (Enhanced Coach and Bus Occupant Safety) project was developed to make improvements in current regulations and propose new regulations and standards for the development of safer buses and coaches. The major community added value is the decrease of incidence and severity of occupant injuries and social suffering which occur as a result of bus and coach accidents.

For more information visit the website of the DG-TREN.


ECMT (European Conference of the Ministers of Transport) publishes accident statistics since 1975. Between 1975 and 1984 these statistics were included in the Transport Statistics Yearbook. Since 1985 accident statistics are presented in a separate publication: the annual Road Accident Statistics Yearbook. These publications are intended for supporting political decision-making concerning European transport policies. The ECMT road accident data file and the transport statistics database contain data on accidents and victims, and on exposure related data, that provides road accident related indicators (especially rates). These indicators may be compared to similar indicators for other transport modes.



ETAC (European Truck Accident Causation Study) was launched to set up a heavy goods vehicle accident causation study to identify future actions for the improvement of road safety. The project was initiated by the European Commission and the IRU (International Road Transport Union). It commenced on 1 May 2004, due for completion on 31 March 2006. The Centre européen d'études sur les accidents et l'analyse des risques (CEESAR) in France are the coordinating research group, with institutes from seven other European countries involved. More information about ETAC on IRU.

For more information visit the website of the DG-TREN.



Eurostat (Statistical Office of the European Communities) mission is to provide the European Union with a high-quality statistical information service. In addition DG TREN publishes a pocketbook with aggregated data compiled from different sources and including estimates. Data is freely available on the internet: (EUROPA - Directorate-general Energy and Transport - Figures and Main Facts).


The purpose of the MAIDS (Motorcycle Accident In-depth Study) study was the identification of the causation factors of motorcycle accidents. The project focuses on injury prevention, motorcycle improvements, and a better understanding of the human factor. Only aggregated data is available. This data can be found in the Final Report which was published by ACEM. Aggregated results can also be available by the teams after ACEM’s concern.

For more information visit the website of the DG-TREN.


The PENDANT (Pan-European Co-ordinated Accident and Injury Database) project will provide new levels of crash and injury data to support EU vehicle and road safety policy making by developing two new European data systems. The first will be collected in eight countries and will contain in-depth crash and injury data relating to over 1100 injured car occupants and pedestrians. The second information system, will utilise hospital injury data relating to all road user types that already exists in three EU countries.

For more information visit the website of the DG-TREN.


The underlying belief of RISER (Roadside Infrastructure for Safer European Roads) is that single vehicle collisions - responsible for 14,000 deaths a year in Europe alone - will continue despite the best attempts of road safety research. However, solutions exist that can reduce the number of these accidents as well as minimise the severity of collisions that do occur. The 36-month project will specifically address the scientific and practical issues involved in analysing the performance of roadside elements in order to develop guidelines for their optimal design and maintenance.

For more information visit the website of the DG-TREN.


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