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Road traffic accidents

How many are injured in traffic? How many are killed in traffic and in alcohol-related accidents? You can find answers here. You can also get an overview of the development and see if more or fewer people die or get injured in traffic than before.

Selected statistics on Road traffic accidents

This page shows selected popular statistics on the subject of Road traffic accidents. In Statbank Denmark, you can find more data and compile your own statistics.

Development in road traffic accidents with personal injury

Here you can see the development in the number of road traffic accidents with personal injury.
More about the figure
Last update
26.6.2023
Next update
28.6.2024
Source data

Until 1. January 2003:

  • Police reports on road traffic accidents with casualties which are part of the original police report.
  • Since 1. January 2003:
  • Annual extract from the Road Directorate, Road Accident Information System.

Development in number of people killed or injured in road traffic addidents

Here you can see the development in the number of people killed or injured in road traffic accidents.
More about the figure
Last update
26.6.2023
Next update
28.6.2024
Source data

Until 1. January 2003:

  • Police reports on road traffic accidents with casualties which are part of the original police report.
  • Since 1. January 2003:
  • Annual extract from the Road Directorate, Road Accident Information System.

Development in number of people killed or injured in alcohol-related road traffic accidents

Here you can see the development in the number of people killed or injured in alcohol-related road traffic accidents.
More about the figure
Last update
26.6.2023
Next update
28.6.2024
Source data

Until 1. January 2003:

  • Police reports on road traffic accidents with casualties which are part of the original police report.
  • Since 1. January 2003:
  • Annual extract from the Road Directorate, Road Accident Information System.

On the statistics – documentation, sources and method

Gain an overview of the purpose, contents and quality of the statistics. Learn about the data sources of the statistics, the contents of the statistics and how often they are published.

See the documentation of statistics to learn more:

Road Traffic Accidents

The purpose of the statistics is to collect and publish information on road traffic accidents in order to create a basis of knowledge for making decisions that can reduce the number of road traffic accidents and the consequences thereof. The statistics on road traffic accidents originate from 1 January 1930. The source of the statistics has until 1 January 2003 been the temporary and final reports from the police. From this date Statistics Denmark only receives an annual extract from the Road Directory with the police's final reports. Apart from this, the most fundamental alterations that have been introduced concern the classification of accidents, the scope of the statistics and the actual reporting procedures.

Until 1938, the classification of accidents was not unambiguous. From 1938 to 1966, accidents were categorized according to the main cause of the accident, which was determined by a legal judgement. From 1967 onwards, this judgement has been replaced by a classification of the accident, which is not based on the concept of blame, but on the actual description of the circumstances surrounding the accident.

From 1930 to 1958, the statistics included accidents resulting in personal injury as well as damage to property. Since 1958, accidents involving only damage to property are no longer covered by the statistics, and from 1967 accidents involving only pedestrians are no longer covered either, whether the accident resulted in a casualty or not.

Up until and including 1975, the police reports were sent straight to Statistics Denmark. In 1976, the reporting system was expanded, so that the highway authorities in counties and municipalities take part in the reporting by locating the accidents. As from November 1997 and up to and including April 2000, a new system of computerized reporting was gradually introduced in the police.

Since 1 January 2003 the police reports have been sent to the Road Directorate from whom Statistics Denmark receives an annual extract.

Need more data on Road traffic accidents?

You can search further in the StatBank Denmark yourself. Find more detailed figures, e.g. on traffic accidents disaggregated by accident situation, speed, and geography.

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