The number of registered road accidents was 80,000 last year, compared to 100,000 in 2019. This is evident from figures from the police, insurance companies and the traffic engineering IT bureau VIA. The number of injured fell less sharply: by 10 percent to 19,000. According to the police, about 500 people were killed on the road last year.
Many accidents with cyclists and pedestrians
The figures show that a relatively large number of cyclists, pedestrians and moped riders were injured, especially in built-up areas. This is probably due to the lockdowns and a lot of working from home. As a result, there were fewer cars on the road, but more cyclists and walkers, also at different times than normal.
Many accidents outside rush hour due to lockdown
In 2020, traffic accidents mainly took place outside rush hour, on weekdays and in built-up areas. Almost two thirds of all victims are cyclists, moped riders and pedestrians; the vulnerable road users. About a quarter of all victims are between 12 and 24 years old.