Status: 08/21/2020 4:48 p.m..
Because of the Corona crisis, there were far fewer road users than usual in the first half of the year – and therefore fewer road deaths than ever since 1990. But regionally, the differences are considerable.
Never since German reunification have fewer people been killed or injured in traffic accidents than in the first half of 2020. The lower traffic volume due to the pandemic had a significant impact, said the Federal Statistical Office.
In the first six months, 1281 people died in road accidents. According to preliminary results, that was 195 people or 13.2 percent fewer than in the first half of 2019. The number of injuries fell by 18.7 percent to just under 148,100.
Highest risk in Brandenburg, lowest in Hamburg.
ADAC spokeswoman Katrin van Randenborgh attributed the results mainly to the decrease in traffic outside the cities. Otherwise, most serious accidents occur, especially on country roads.
Nationwide, 15 people died in road traffic for every one million inhabitants in Germany in the first six months of this year. According to the Federal Statistical Office, however, there were clear regional differences. The highest risk was in Brandenburg with 27 traffic fatalities per million inhabitants, Saxony-Anhalt with 24 and Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein with 22 each.
The risk was lowest in the city states of Hamburg and Berlin with four and eight traffic fatalities per million inhabitants, respectively.
Accident researcher Siegfried Brockmann told the dpa news agency that pedestrians and cyclists had also benefited from the development in the number of accidents, “but to a much lesser extent”. Instead, switching to bicycles led to an increase in accidents with cyclists in Berlin, for example. If more people ride bicycles even after the end of the pandemic, this could also mean a higher risk of accidents if the infrastructure is not changed accordingly.
Deutschlandfunk reported on this topic on August 21, 2020 at 9:00 a.m..