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Source: Destatis Federal Statistical Office

Strongest decrease in accidents with personal injury on motorways: -39%

Press release No. 422 from October 27, 2020

WIESBADEN – The corona pandemic has been influencing life in Germany since March. Lockdown, home office and contact restrictions have changed mobility. As reported by the Federal Statistical Office, this has also had an impact on traffic accidents. In total, the police recorded around 670,000 accidents between March and the end of June 2020. That was 26% less than from March to June 2019. Almost 81,000 accidents resulted in deaths or injuries, and around 589,000 accidents resulted in property damage. This means that the number of accidents with property damage fell more sharply (-26.6%) than the number of accidents in which people were injured (-21.4%).

The decline in accidents with personal injury on motorways was strongest. Between March and June 2020, the number of motorway accidents in which people were killed or injured fell by 39.3% from just under 6,600 accidents to around 4,000 compared to the same period in the previous year. The decrease was 16.2% on rural roads and within towns 21.5%.

35.5% of motorway accidents can also be attributed to inappropriate speed

One of the main causes of accidents on motorways is driving too fast. From March to June 2020, 35.5% of motorway accidents with personal injury were also due to someone involved exceeding the maximum speed or driving too fast for the road and weather conditions. From March to June 2019 it was 30.7%.

Number of road deaths from March to June 2020 at low

Never since German reunification in 1990 have fewer people been killed in road traffic accidents between March and June. A total of 880 people died in traffic accidents in these four months of 2020. From March to June 2019 there were 1,069 road deaths. The number of injuries also fell significantly during this time to just under 98,300 people. This corresponds to a year-on-year decrease of 17.7% for road deaths and 25.5% for injuries.

The number of people killed and injured on motorcycles and bicycles has only fallen below average

The number of road fatalities among car occupants and pedestrians has fallen at an above-average rate. From March to June 2020, 342 people were killed in a car, 21.7% fewer than in the same period of the previous year. The number of pedestrians killed fell by 23.9% to 83. In contrast, the decline in motorcycles and cyclists was significantly lower. From March to June 2020, 230 motorcycle users had a fatal accident, 12.2% fewer than from March to June 2019. The number of cyclists killed fell by 11.5% to 162.

A similar development can also be seen in the number of injuries. The number of injured car occupants fell by 37.0%, and that of injured pedestrians by 34.4%. In contrast, it was only a minus of 16.0% for motorcycle users. The number of injured cyclists remained almost at the previous year’s level: the decrease here was only 0.8%.

Accident calendar provides information on accidents in the first half of 2020 on a daily basis

The provides information on accidents by days Accident calendar of the Federal Statistical Office. It has now been updated with the accident data for the first half of 2020. This enables accidents under the influence of alcohol, with bicycles, motorcycles or cars in the first half of 2020 and previous years to be compared on a daily basis. The data can also be filtered according to the number of children or pedestrians who have had an accident and the total number of fatalities.

For example, it becomes clear that with the lockdown in mid-March 2020, the number of car and bicycle accidents fell massively. From April to June, the number of car accidents rose again, but was still well below that of the same months of the previous year. It is also noticeable that there were more bicycle accidents in April and May than in the same months of the previous year. From mid-March, fewer children had an accident than in the same months of the previous year. From April to June, the number of accidents under the age of 15 rose again, but it was well below the level of the previous months.

Accidents according to the type of traffic involved from March to June
Type of traffic participation
March to June
March to June
Change compared to the previous year period
Change compared to the previous year period
A total of
98 258
131 807
including drivers and passengers of
13 681
16 281
42 870
68 025
Goods vehicles
2 073
31 087
31 343
6 043
9 216

Methodological note: The data come from a special evaluation of the preliminary data from the road traffic accident statistics, as of September 2020.

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