Ranking EU progress on car occupant safety: PIN flash report 27

  • Published: European Transport Safety Council (2014)
  • Authors: European Transport Safety Council
  • Date Added: 05 Apr 2016
  • Last Update: 05 Apr 2016
  • Format: pdf


Compare and present the levels of road safety in terms of road deaths of car occupant in the 28 countries of the EU as well as Israel, Norway, Republic of Serbia and Switzerland.


Review of the current levels of car occupant safety across countries of the EU.

Key Findings:

  • In 2012 throughout the European Union approximately 69%  of all car occupant deaths occurred on rural roads. Great Britain was found to have the lowest level of drivers travelling faster than the speed limit on rural roads (10%) – across the European Union between 10% and 60% of drivers were found to exceed the speed limit on urban roads.

  • There is mixed progress in terms of speeding on rural roads: while in some countries average speeds have decreased, it has been found to increase in a number of countries.

  • In Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, France, Sweden, Czech Republic, Denmark, Slovakia, Germany, Hungary, UK, Austria, Slovenia, Luxembourg and Spain a higher proportion of car occupant deaths occur on rural roads, than on all other roads (motorways and/or urban roads). In some countries this is due to the higher traffic volumes on rural roads, but in others it is due to the safety quality of roads being far below expected standards.


Car occupant deaths, car occupant safety, EU