Road casualties

  • 315 road fatalities in 2019

    In 2019, 315 people were killed in road traffic accidents in the Flemish Region. Compared to 2005, the number of road fatalities has nearly halved. During the last 2 years there has been a slight increase in the number of road fatalities.

     

    In addition, in 2019 there were 2,473 seriously injured road casualties on Flemish roads. In 2005, this figure still stood at well over 3,900. Among the minor injured road casualties there was a decrease from 36,116 to 26,259 between 2005 and 2019.

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

    In 2019, 41% of road fatality victims fell in passenger cars. Cyclists accounted for 23% of all road fatalities and pedestrians for 15%. Motorcyclists accounted for 11%.

     

    Compared to 2005, 2019 witnessed far fewer deaths in passenger cars. For the other road user types, there were fewer differences between 2005 and 2019. There was, however, an increase in the number of road fatalities among cyclists. The relative share of vulnerable road users (pedestrians and cyclists) in the total number of road fatalities was 38%. In 2005 this stood at 19%.

  • People in their twenties no longer overrepresented in road deaths

    In 2019, there were minor differences in the number of road deaths by age. 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 2,788 road deaths and severely injured in the Flemish Region in 2019, the  number of killed and seriously injured road casualties stood at 0.42 per 1,000 residents. West Flanders had a lot of municipalities that exceed the Flemish  figure. Flemish Brabant on the other hand had a lot of municipalities that remained below the Flemish figure.

    These figures are 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 figure. This certainly applies to municipalities with a small number of residents.

  • Flemish Region slightly below European average figure

    The  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

Statbel (Belgian statistical office): Road casualties 
 

Publication date

29 July 2020

Next update

22 July 2021

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