Transport accidents

In 2018, there were approximately 18 100 transport accidents with casualties. About 280 people lost their life in these accidents: 233 in road traffic accidents, 15 in railway accidents and 33 in aviation accidents. For shipping, the only data available are on public shipping, where no fatalities were registered in 2018.

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 with casualties 17 761 2019
Persons killed 187 2019
    Change –68% 2000–2019
Persons seriously injured 3 639 2019
Persons slightly injured 17 641 2019
Railway accidents
Accidents with casualties 38
Persons killed (excl. suicide) 17 2019
    Change –41% 2000–2019
    Passengers killed 0 2019
Other transport accidents
Persons killed in civil aviation accidents 33
Persons killed  in aerial cableway accidents 1 2019
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 (2008 to 2017) there was one death per 48.9 billion person-kilometres covered. This distance equates to 1.2 million 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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