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Number of fatalities in traffic accidents in China 2008-2018

This statistic shows the number of fatalities in traffic accidents in China from 2008 to 2018. In 2018, China had recorded 63,194 fatalities in traffic accidents across the country.

Road traffic in China

The number of road traffic fatalities in China varies greatly from region to region. Guangdong and Hubei had been the provinces with the highest number of traffic fatalities. All located in the eastern coastal area of China, they had also been the regions with the most traffic accidents in 2018. On the contrary, only a small number of fatalities had been reported in central and western regions of China. Reasons for this imbalance may be found in less traffic volume as well as the existence of fewer urban congested areas.

In recent years, the number of casualties in traffic accidents has dropped significantly. In 2018, 63,194 people had died and 258,532 people had been wounded in traffic accidents in China, seeing a growth compared to the previous year. Nevertheless, traffic accidents have emerged as one of the leading causes of death in China. The primary reasons may be unregulated road works and a lack of awareness among Chinese drivers. The development of neither road infrastructure nor driving behavior in China had been able to keep up with the increasing number of traffic participants and registered cars. As of 2003, only 24 million vehicles had been registered in China, whereas by 2018 that number had skyrocketed to 232.21 million cars. In 2018 alone, the number of newly registered vehicles in China had amounted to around 27 million cars.

Number of fatalities in traffic accidents in China from 2008 to 2018

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

2008 to 2018

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