Accidents death rate

Accidents death rate

Traffic-related death rate: a reflection 


The study ‘The Silent Death’ analyzes the consequences of 900,000 accidents between 2007 and 2016. 


10,000 dead and 500,000 injured in a decade. It is the tragic balance that throws the study “Silent death. Traffic accidents in vulnerable users: pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists (2007-2016)” , made by the Línea Directa Foundation in collaboration with the Zaragoza Centre. A report that analyzes the consequences of the 900,000 accidents that occurred during this period.

Far away from what society thinks, and despite the reduction in the number of accidents, road mortality among those considered vulnerable groups (pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists) have increased by 6% in the last six years. In 2012, 806 people died, while in 2016 the number reached 853 deaths.

Thus, since 2012, the mortality of these groups represents for almost 50% of deaths in traffic accidents (47.1%). Or what is the same, 6.5 points more than in 2007, when they accounted for 40.6% of deaths.


“Far from what society thinks, road mortality among the most vulnerable has grown in recent years”


Of the 10,000 deaths, half were motorcyclists (almost 5,000), some 4,200 were pedestrians and around 700 cyclists. In addition, almost half a million people were injured. “These rates are very shocking”, said Francisco Valencia, general director of the Línea Directa Foundation during the presentation of the study.

Despite the fact that cyclists represent the lowest number of victims, this group has suffered the greatest increase in the number of injuries: 49%. For motorcyclists the increase was 33%, and 17% for pedestrians. However, pedestrians are more likely to be seriously injured in the event of an accident: specifically 37% more than motorists and 42% more than cyclists.


“Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and Madrid are the communities with the highest accident rates”

By autonomous communities, Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and Madrid have the highest accident rates of these groups (more than 900 accidents per 100,000 inhabitants), a rate well above the national spanish average (773 accidents). On the other hand, Navarre and Castilla-La Mancha had the lowest rates, with less than 700 accidents per 100,000 inhabitants.

The data call society to reflect deeply: road safety must be a priority of any government, regardless of its political color.