Traffic fatalities

In 2018, the number of traffic fatalities within 30 days, expressed per 100,000 inhabitants, was 5.3 in Belgium. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, traffic fatalities must be halved.

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Traffic fatalities - Belgium and international comparison

number of deaths within 30 days per 100,000 inhabitants

 19992000200520102013201520182018//19992018//2013
Belgium13.714.410.47.86.96.85.3-4.9-5.0
EU2712.812.59.86.75.55.55.2-4.6-0.9
//: Average Growth Rates

Eurostat (2020), Persons killed in road accidents by sex, tran_sf_roadse (data), tps00165 (ranking in EU), sdg_11_40, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 26/05/2020).

Traffic fatalities by region - Belgium

number of deaths within 30 days per 100,000 inhabitants,

 201120122013201420152016201720182018//2011
Brussels-Capital Region--3.42.32.42.41.42.01.7--
Flemish Region--6.56.36.36.15.24.64.7--
Walloon Region--10.59.28.79.38.77.97.5--
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium (2020), Mobility/Road accidents,https://statbel.fgov.be/ (consulted le 27/07/2020) and Eurostat (2020) Population change - Demographic balance and crude rates at national level, demo_gind3, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 27/07/2020).

Traffic fatalities by sex - Belgium

number of deaths within 30 days per 100,000 inhabitants,

 201120122013201420152016201720182018//2011
females3.43.43.22.93.32.72.62.6-3.4
males12.611.410.610.210.39.18.17.9-6.4
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium (2019), Road accidents and Structure of the Population, https://statbel.fgov.be/ (consulted on 28/10/2019).

Definition: the indicator number of traffic fatalities within 30 days corresponds to the number of fatalities as a result of an accident, immediately or in the month following it. To make international comparisons possible, the number of fatalities is expressed in 100,000 inhabitants. Data come from police reports complemented by information from public prosecutor’s offices compiled by Statistics Belgium which makes them available, in particular to Eurostat. The data used here come from Eurostat, which publishes detailed and comparable results between EU Member States.

Goal: by 2030, the number of traffic fatalities must be halved.

The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs adopted by the UN in 2015 include target 3.6: “By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents”.

The Federal Long-Term Strategic Vision for Sustainable Development includes objective 24: “Mobility and transport will be provided in maximum safety conditions aiming at zero fatalities”.

International comparison: the number of traffic fatalities decreased by 66.8% between 1999 and 2018 within the EU27. With 5.3 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, Belgium is above the European average (5.2 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants). When Member States are divided into three groups, Belgium is part of the group with average performance and lags behind the European average in 2018.

UN indicator: the selected indicator corresponds to 3.6.1 - Death rate due to road traffic injuries.

Sources

  • SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations (2015), Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015, document A/RES/70/1.

  • Indicators: United Nations (2017), Work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017, document A/RES/71/313.

  • UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

  • Sustainable Development Goal indicators website: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

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