The health and economic crisis broken out in 2020 accounted for major changes in mobility and road accidents, with possible effects also in the near future.
As expected, during the period January-September 2020 there was an unprecedented decrease in road accidents and injuries involved. The lockdown measures enacted by the Government to contain the spread of the infection, almost halted mobility and circulation from March to late May, significantly affecting the road accident trend.
According to preliminary estimates, in the period Januar-September 2020 there was a strongreduction in road accidents resulting in death or injury (90,821, equal to -29.5%), in injuries (123,061, -32.0%), and in the total number of victims within thirty days (1,788, -26.3%). Limiting the observation to the period January-June 2020, the decreases were wider, equal to about 34% for fatalities and almost 40% for accidents and injuries. In the third quarter 2020, the accident rate started recovering, with smaller decreases compared to the same period in 2019