2017 was described as a success year. Not since the 1940s such a low number of people died on Swedish roads – 253 people. However, statistics on road-traffic accidents in 2018 shows that the journey towards Vision Zero is difficult to achieve
2018 was a dark year regarding road safety in Sweden. Statistics on road traffic accidents in Sweden from the Swedish Transport Agency show that 325 people were killed in traffic in 2018. Of these, 209 consisted of “protected road users”, such as people traveling in cars and trucks, while 116 “unprotected road users” (motorcyclists, cyclists, pedestrians, scooter drivers etc.) died. The months of July, November and December were particularly affected by fatal accidents.
Men overrepresented in the statistics of casualties from road traffic accidents in Sweden
Statistics on road-traffic accidents in Sweden are clear – men are overrepresented when it comes to police-reported road traffic accidents with fatal outcome as well as accidents where those involved were seriously or mildly injured. Of 325 killed, 253 were men and only 72 were women.
The number of accidents with personal injuries was low in 2017
But far from all traffic accidents, fortunately results in a fatal outcome. Out of a total of 14 849 accidents with injuries on a person in 2017, the outcome in 1 866 of the cases resulted in a long-lasting injury, while 12 750 suffered a minor personal injury. Compared to a 20-year period of traffic accident statistics in Sweden, the total figure from 2017 is low.
Why do road traffic accidents occur?
The reasons of course vary from case to case, but three main reasons why traffic accidents occur have been identified. Firstly, the human factor plays the biggest role by drivers who make mistakes or take unnecessary risks in traffic. unsafe roads and roadside areas, for example, narrow country roads with trees close by are another recurring cause. Furthermore, unsafe vehicles that isn’t equipped with the correct safety systems or tools can make any situation even more risky.
Road safety training from Safe@Work – Hot to avoid being a part of the statistics
Do you drive a for work? Does your organization want to create a safer work environment for your drivers? Safe@Work offers both practical and theoretical road safety training for companies and organizations looking for a safe work environment. The courses are delivered in several locations around the country. During 4 intense hours, we take well use of the specialized track and let the course participants gain experience in how to avoid traffic accidents. We immerse ourselves in the car’s safety system, practice driving on slippery surfaces and reflect on risks in the road-traffic.
See statistics on road traffic accidents in Sweden from the Swedish Transport Agency.