Urban roads have contributed to an upturn in the loss ratio in 2016

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we Already know the results of road casualties last year, but taking into account all the victims, in both urban and interurban. In total there were 1.810 deceased -a 7% increase in 2015 – and 9.755 serious injuries in the 102.362 accidents.

The mobility increased by 5% to 392 million of offsets, or 18.5 million of additional commutes. In roads the accident rate has grown below the increase was 3% or 43 dead more. Where it has been noticed has been in urban area.

In 2016, there were 78 deaths more in urban area, 18% more, or a total of 519. There were 4.705 serious injuries and 79.256 slightly wounded -that did not need hospitalization-. Increased accidents “only” a 4%, that is to say, were more serious. Not all the figures imply growth rates of linear.

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The second leading cause of death in 2016 was the outrage of the pedestrian, with 386 deaths. Therefore, the DGT will coordinate efforts with municipalities to make interventions that, without being very expensive, may have a positive effect on this aspect.

A measure is obvious to reinforce the control of the speed, since there is a significant difference in damage to run down a person less than 50 km/h and more. Other measures will verify the dangerousness of some crossings, and to strengthen the surveillance on the own pedestrians, such as avoiding crossing sites have not been enabled. The fault is not always of the drivers of vehicles.

In total, in 2016 died 67 cyclists (58 in 2015), 343 motorists (329 in 2015) and 389 pedestrians (367 in 2015). It is obvious to see where they are going to go the next steps, to protect these groups labeled as vulnerable, as they do not have the protection of the bodywork of a vehicle closed.

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that Is different from the analysis when we talk about roads, where the biggest cause of death is the exit path, 601 deaths or 33% of all victims. Many of these accidents can be explained by a distraction, while traveling at a legal speed appropriate to the circumstances.

The inappropriate speed was a factor concurrent in 29% of fatal accidents

┬┐What was the effect of alcohol and drugs in these results? In one of every 10 fatal accidents with at least one of drivers tested positive for alcohol, and in 12% of cases there was some positive for drugs. By the few who are, victims should be zero for these causes.

71% of the fatalities are concentrated on rural roads -1.291 people – although there are many fewer accidents than in urban area. As usual, the vast majority of the victims out of the population died in conventional pathways, or dual carriageways or motorways, 959 people. That remains another priority area for the managers of the traffic.

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┬┐Where are concentrated the greatest dangers?

we have Already seen that the conventional pathways out of population are the most dangerous places. If we focus on segments of age, the group most affected is that of the adults 35 to 64 years, despite their greater experience, there is accumulating 46% of those who died. It has also increased the accident rate in young people (15 to 24) and in those older than 85 years.

throughout the year the average of deaths daily was 5, in working hours is concentrated the majority of the accidents, with 68% of the victims, with an increase of 11% over 2015. By against, on weekends, the loss ratio was down 1%. It is also noted that -still- the 23% of the deceased adults are not using the safety belt, but the use of computers for children was almost total. On the other hand, 15 motorists who died were not wearing a helmet, nor 6 users of moped.

These figures will determine how the DGT will influence our lives coming soon. By way of summary, it will intensify the monitoring in the urban areas, roads, urban areas, conventional or the controls of alcohol and drugs. In other aspects, fortunately, we continue to evolve as a society.