23,752 people have died on Irish roads since 1959. The worst year in history for road fatalities
was 1972 when 640 people lost their lives. Since then, the situation has gradually improved, though the numbers are still grim. 2012 had the lowest number of deaths - 162. Read more about the tragic reality of accidents on Irish roads in Statista's most recent infographic feature in Irish online news publication The Journal.