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Road accidents. Year 2021

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The pandemic situation and the measures of containing continue to influence the trend of road accidents and mobility in 2021. Compared to 2020, accidents and injuries decrease in January and February and increase substantially in March-June 2021, returning to levels very close to the pre-pandemic period in the second half of the year.

In 2021, 2,875 people died in road accidents in Italy (+20.0% compared to the previous year), 204,728 were injured (+28.6%) and 151,875 is the road accidents number (+28.4%), all values increased in comparison to 2020, but still decreasing with reference to 2019 (victims: -9.4%, injured: -15.2% and road accidents: -11.8%). The number of victims within 24 hours is 2,397, while there are 478 fatalities (2-30 days after the event).

The number of fatalities increased for all road users in comparison with 2020, except for trucks occupants, while there is a decrease compared to 2019. There are 169 fatalities for heavy goods vehicle users (+44.4 % and +23.4 % compared to 2020 and 2019), 695 for motorcyclists (+18.6 %; -0.4 %), 471 for pedestrians (+15.2 % and -11.8 %), 1,192 for occupants of passenger cars (+17.1 %; -15.5), 67 for moped drivers (+13.6 %; -23.9 %). Finally, for electric bicycles and electric scooters were recorded 229 fatalities (+30.1% compared to 2020 and -9.5% compared to 2019).

With reference, specifically, to electric scooters, vehicles included in the statistical survey since 2020, the road accidents, spread in all Italian provinces, rose from 564 to 2,101, the injuries from 518 to 1,980, while there are 9 fatalities (within 30 days), plus 1 pedestrian dead.

Among the most frequent driving mistake, there are distraction, failure to respect the rules and speeding. The three groups altogether account for 39.7% out of total cases (78,477), stable value through the time.

link Road accidents in Italy – regional data – Year 2021
(Geo-referenced data on Road mortality and Road accidents rates)

link Infographic on Road accidents in Italy Year 2021

Reference period: Year 2021

Date of Issue: 26 July 2022

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