The Basic Fact Sheet Motorways provides accident data for 14 EU countries (EU-15 without Germany) over the period 1997-2006. The fact sheet includes several basic characteristics of fatal road accidents on motorways. For example: mode of transport, manoeuvre type, age and person class or the lighting conditions.


More than 24.000 people were killed in traffic accidents on motorways in 14 European Union countries between 1997 and 2006. This number represents about 7,8% of all traffic accident fatalities in those countries. There was a decrease of 19,3% in traffic accident fatalities on motorways in the decade from 1997 to 2006.

Fact: Almost 68% of fatalities on motorways across the European countries were car or taxi occupants.

Fact: On motorways, the proportion of fatalities who are drivers is highest for the 35-64 age group, whereas on the remaining road network it is highest for the 25-34 age group.


Fatalities evolution in the EU-14, 1997-2006

Source: CARE Database/ EC

Date of query: August 2008


For information on motorways, the scientific studies on the magnitude and nature of the safety problem, the contributing accident factors, and the effectiveness of countermeasures, please consult the Roads text on the Knowledge section of the website.


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