Transport accidents

In 2022, there were more than 18 000 transport accidents with casualties. About 270 people lost their life, 241 of them in road traffic accidents, 21 in railway accidents and 4 in aviation accidents. For shipping, the only data available are on public shipping. One fatality was registered in 2022.

A historical comparison shows that among the main transport modes, the number of deaths has fallen markedly since the 1970s.

Key figures on transport accidents, 2022
Road accidents
Accidents with casualties 18 396
Persons killed 241
    Change since 2010 –59%
Persons seriously injured  4 002
Persons slightly injured 17 896
Railway accidents
Accidents with casualties 54
Persons killed (excl. suicide) 21
    Change since 2010 –28%
    Passengers killed 0
Other transport accidents
Persons killed in civil aviation accidents 4
Persons killed  in aerial cableway accidents 1
Sources: FEDRO, FSO – Road accidents (SVU); FOT – National occurrence database; STSB – Aviation accident statistics

Risk comparison

The danger of a fatal accident varies from one mode of transport to another. Railways are by far the safest with regard to distance covered: on average, in the past ten years (2012 to 2021) there was one death per 190.8 billion person-kilometres covered, i.e. 4.8 million orbits around the Earth. The passenger car is also a relatively safe mode of transport, whereas travel by bicycle and motorcycle is far more dangerous. If, however, the risk of death is measured not in terms of kilometres travelled but by the length of time travelled, the risk by bicycle is lowered considerably.

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