When it comes to road accidents with casualties, car occupants account for the highest number of fatalities and injuries. In Germany alone in 2014, almost 50% of all people killed on the roads were occupants of a car; among those suffering minor and serious injuries, this figure was more than 55%. Furthermore, almost two thirds of all people involved in accidents with casualties were car drivers. And things don’t look much different EU-wide, which is due no doubt to cars’ sheer dominance on the roads – more than half of all journeys are made by car.
However, the figures also show that, in terms of mobility behavior, this vehicle category and its users still offer the biggest potential for initiating a disctinctive downturn in the number of road accident victims. At the same time, the number of vulnerable road users such as riders of two-wheeled vehicles and pedestrians is also increasing, which means that even more attention must be devoted to these road user groups in the future. Demographic change also ultimately gives rise to additional challenges.