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Number of road traffic accidents Spain 2011-2018

As the amount of cars on Spanish roads increases, so does the number of fatal or serious road traffic accidents in the Mediterranean country. Spain saw its traffic accidents grow considerably over the past few years, with figures showing results of approximately 83 thousand serious or fatal accidents in 2011 and peaking at over 102.3 thousand incidents in 2015.

Passenger cars and the importance of the right-of-way

Passenger cars represented by far the most common type of vehicle involved in road traffic accidents in Spain in 2017. That year, the approximately 113 thousand cars that had some type of traffic incident on the Spanish roads contrasted greatly with other means of transport, such as motorcycles with almost 28.4 thousand vehicles or vans with 11.7 thousand vehicles involved. The recent data shows that most of the accidents with passenger cars involved were mainly a result of not giving the right-of-way properly, which ranked as the main cause of this type of accident with 6.2 thousand cases.

Road safety: irregular across the European continent

In the European context, Bulgaria topped the list of road fatalities with 97 deaths per million population in 2018, with little progress towards reducing this number made over the past years. Slovenia, on the other hand, experienced a great improvement in the road fatality figures, dropping to 44 cases in 2018 from 63 fatal incidents in 2016. The country that registered the lowest amount of road deaths in 2018 was Norway, with only 20 fatal incidents in 2018.

Annual number of road traffic accidents in Spain from 2011 to 2018

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Release date

2019

Region

Spain

Survey time period

2011 to 2018

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