Transport accidents

In 2017, there were approximately 17 900 transport accidents resulting in personal injury. About 260 people lost their life in these accidents: 230 in road traffic accidents, 21 in railway accidents and 13 in aviation accidents. For shipping, the only data available are on public shipping, where no fatalities were registered in 2017.

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
Road accidents
Accidents resulting in personal injury 17 799 2017
Persons killed 230 2017
    Change –61% 2000–2017
Persons seriously injured1 3 654 2017
Persons slightly injured2 17 759 2017
Railway accidents
Accidents resulting in personal injury 57
Persons killed (excl. suicide) 21 2017
    Change –28% 2000–2017
    Passengers killed 0 2017
Other transport accidents
Persons killed in civil aviation accidents 13
Persons killed  in aerial cableway accidents 0 2017
1) Persons with serious, visible impairments in need of inpatient care.
2) Persons with non-serious injuries, for example with superficial skin lesions without significant blood loss or with mild impairment of movement.
Sources: FEDRO, FSO – Road accidents (SVU); FOT – New 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 (2007 to 2016) there was one death per 27.5 billion person-kilometres covered. This distance equates to 686 000 orbits around the Earth. Passenger car is also a relatively safe mode of transport. In contrast, travel by motorcycle is far more dangerous.

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