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Road safety statistics tell a mixed story

Fewer people were killed and injured on Swiss roads in 2011 than in 2010 – but the number who died on pedestrian crossings rose sharply.

This content was published on March 29, 2012 - 15:49
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A report published on Thursday by the Federal Roads Office said there had been 18,990 accidents involving personal injury, with 320 people killed, seven fewer than in the previous year.

However, a total of 28 people died on pedestrian crossings, eight up on the year before, and five more on the average of the past five years.

The winter months were by far the most dangerous: 20 of the pedestrians were killed in that period. Older people were also at risk: 21 of the 28 were aged over 65. But the pedestrians were themselves at fault in just under 13 per cent of the accidents.

The number of accidents involving bicycles was also up. The office attributes the rise in the number of deaths (39, up from 34) and serious injuries (867, up from 835) among cyclists to the growing popularity of electric bikes. This is because the consequences of accidents involving powered bikes are more serious.

In nearly two-thirds of accidents leading to personal injury, private car drivers were mainly at fault. In about ten per cent of cases main responsibility lay with a motorcyclist, and about the same proportion were caused by cyclists. Professional truck and van drivers were responsible for only about two per cent of accidents. 

Only about eight per cent of serious accidents occurred on the motorway network.

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