MONET 2030: Road traffic accidents

SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Swiss target 3.6: By 2020 the number of deaths and seriously injured casualties on Swiss roads will decline.

Significance of the indicator
The indicator shows the number of people killed or seriously injured in road traffic. Physical safety and a sense of security are basic needs in society and have an impact on the quality of life. A reduction in the number of victims, therefore, is a step towards sustainable development.

Help for interpretation
The definition of seriously injured persons was altered in 1992 and 2015. A decrease has been observed in the number of persons killed or seriously injured despite an increase in the number of vehicles on the road and in traffic density. This decrease is due in particular to policy measures such as the reduction of permissible blood-alcohol content and technological progress.

International comparability
Data on people killed in road traffic accidents are based on the definition used by Eurostat.



The indicator shows the number of road traffic victims killed or seriously injured. Data come from the road traffic accidents statistics compiled by the Federal Road Office (FEDRO). Some of these statistics are also published by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO). Please note that some of the findings published in the FSO cause of death statistics may show some differences as the definitions used are not the same.


Accidents (road traffic):
All accidents on public roads and places involving personal injury are recorded.

Accident casualties (road traffic):
Accident casualties comprises all persons who have been injured, seriously injured or killed in a road traffic accident. "Serious accident casualties" includes seriously injured and killed persons. "Seriously injured persons" refers to persons who show serious impairments that prevent them from engaging in normal activities at home for at least 24 hours (e.g. loss of consciousness or bone fracture [excluding finger fracture] or other impairment that requires a hospital stay of more than 1 day). "Persons killed" refers to persons who lost their lives at the scene of the accident or who died within 30 days of the collision as a result of an accident. The Road Accident Statistics show all persons who died as a result of a traffic accident in Switzerland, regardless of their place of residence (domestic principle).


Swiss target 3.6: By 2020 the number of deaths and seriously injured casualties on Swiss roads will decline.

International target 3.6: By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.


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