Road casualties

  • 310 road fatalities in 2018

    In 2018, 310 people were killed in road traffic accidents in the Flemish Region. Compared to 2005, the number of road fatalities has nearly halved. 

     

    There were also 2,526 seriously injured road casualties on Flemish roads in 2018. In 2005, this figure still stood at well over 3,900. In the same period, those with minor injuries fell from more than 36,000 to 27,372 cases

  • Pedestrians or cyclists are involved in nearly 4 out of 10 road fatalities

    In 2018, 36% of road fatality victims fell in cars. Cyclists accounted for 25% of all road fatalities. 15% of all road fatality victims was driving a motorcycle, while 11% was a pedestrian. 

     

    Compared to 2005, 2018 witnessed far fewer deaths in passenger cars. For the other road user types, there is virtually no difference between 2005 and 2018. However, as a result of the drop in fatalities in passenger cars, the relative share of vulnerable road users (pedestrians and cyclists in the total number of road fatalities rose from 19% to 36%. 

  • People in their twenties no longer overrepresented in road deaths

    There were relatively minor differences in the number of road deaths by age in 2018. This is a breakaway from the situation in 2005. At that time, people in their twenties were still overrepresented in the number of road deaths. 

  • More road casualties in West Flanders, fewer in Flemish Brabant

    With 310 road deaths and 2,526 severely injured in the Flemish Region in 2018, the average number of killed and seriously injured road casualties in that year stood at 0.43 per 1,000 residents. 

    West Flanders has a lot of municipalities that exceed this Flemish average figure. Flemish Brabant on the other hand has a lot of municipalities that remain below the Flemish average. 
    The important thing to remember is that this is a figure based on one calendar year. If a serious accident happens to occur that year involving multiple casualties, a municipality can easily rise above the Flemish average figure. This certainly applies to municipalities with a small number of residents. 

  • Flemish Region slightly below European average figure

    The average number of road fatalities in the countries of the European Union (EU) in 2017 stood at 49 deaths per million residents. With 46 road deaths per million residents, the Flemish Region remains slightly below this European average. In the Brussels-Capital Region, this figure was much lower and in the Walloon Region it was much higher. 

Sources

Statistics Flanders: Mobility 
Statbel (Belgian statistical office): Road casualties 
Town and City Monitor (Gemeente- en Stadsmonitor): Mobility 

Publication date

13 August 2019

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