The European Commission published preliminary figures on Road safety in the EU, showing that around 20,600 people were killed in road crashes last year, a 3% increase in 2021 as traffic levels recovered after the pandemic. This represents however 2,000 fewer fatalities (-10%) compared with the pre-pandemic year 2019. EU-wide, road deaths in 2022 rose by 3% on the previous year, not least as traffic levels recovered levels following the pandemic. Compared with 2019, the number of deaths in 2022 fell by 10%.
European Commission – Road safety in the EU, February 2023
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