While the number of traffic accidents is increasing, the number of traffic deaths decreases again.
The number of traffic fatalities in Germany is at a record low. Last year as few people have died on German streets as has not been the case since 1953. But still: In 2016, 396.666 road users were injured. A total number of 3206 died as a result of an accident which is a decrease of 253 deaths (10.9%) compared to 2015. Since 1970, when the number of deadly accidents was around 21.000, the count steady went down only with diverting exceptions (Between 2014 and 2015 the number of accidents increased again slightly).
The development is all the more pleasing because although the stock of registered automobiles has more than doubled. The promising development has several reasons including transportation regulations like the introduction of helmet, belt and child seat compulsion, speeding limits in- and outside of towns, improved vehicle technology and safety, road building measures and increased enforcement.
The main reasons of road accidents with damage to persons on German roads are insufficient distance, speeding, inobservance of right of way, wrong behavior to cyclists and pedestrians and drunk driving. The total number of accidents 2016, whether people were injured or not, is 2,585,191 which is 0.8 % less than officials recorded in 2015. The German Government set a goal for 2020 to lower the count of traffic related deaths by about 40%. The European Union aims to bisect the traffic deaths in Europe by 2020.
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