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Road accidents: preliminary estimates - January-June 2021

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According to the preliminary estimates January-June 2021, in respect of the same period of 2020, is recorded an increase of the road accidents resulting in death or injury number (65,116, +31.3%), of the injured (85,647, +28.1%) and of the victims within 30 days (1,239, +22.3%).

Compared to the 2017-2019 average, road accidents decreased of -22.5%; injured of -27.6% and deaths -19.8%.

The first semester of 2021 is characterized by a varied trend in road accidents through the different months. Compared to 2020, road accidents and injured decreased in January and February and increased significantly in the period March-June 2021. Overall, for the whole semester January-June 2021, the values are always below the 2017-2019 average, with the exception of the victims recorded in May (+5.4%).

Compared to 2020, the most significant increase in victims (approximately +50%) occurred on motorways while on urban and rural roads it is between 17 and 20%. Compared to the 2017-2019 average, the first six-months of 2021 register the most significant decline in fatalities on rural roads (-29%) while in built-up areas and motorways the decrease is estimated between 11 and 13%.

Concerning the European target for road safety, the decade 2010-2020 just concluded, for Italy, with a decline for victims, equal to -42% (EU target -50%). Nevertheless, a positive interpretation of the goals achieved is not possible. The data for the first half of 2021, in fact, reveals a new upward trend in the months March-June. If compared to the 2017-2019 average, benchmark for the European 2030 target, road accidents, injuries and deaths show a decrease in the period considered.

As regards the car market, after the heavy braking in 2020, in the first half of 2021, registrations increased by 51.9% for cars, by 58.7% for motorcycles and by 53.5% for all vehicles in total.

Average distances, measured on the motorway network in the period January-June 2021, show a sharp decrease in the first two months of the year, compared to the same period of the previous year and a progressive increase starting from March, however still below the level of March 2019 (-34%). Overall, motorway mileage grew by 24% compared to 2020 and decreased by 23% compared to 2019.

Reference period: January-June 2021

Date of Issue: 18 November 2021



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