Turkey, traffic accidents

Number of victims of traffic accidents falls in Turkey

Despite the increase in the number of vehicles on the roads, 21% fewer victims died last year in traffic accidents. Almost 90% of accidentes are fault of drivers.

Although in recent years the number of vehicles in Turkey has increased by 60%, the number of victims of traffic accidents decreased by no less than 21% in 2019 compared to the previous two years, according to official data.

A report by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) indicates that some 5,500 people died and 280,000 more were injured as a result of road accidents in the past year, compared to 6,700 in 2018. In the last 10 years, the highest number of deaths was registered in 2015, with 7,500 deceased.

According to TÜİK, a total of 1.17 million accidents occurred in Turkey in 2019, a slight decrease from the 1.2 million accidents that occurred in 2018. 76% of the accidents that occurred last year took place in urban areas, while the rest occurred in rural areas.

Almost 90% of accidents are caused by drivers

In addition, statistics indicate that 43% of those killed in accidents in 2019 were drivers, while passengers accounted for 34% of fatalities, and pedestrians 23%. However, although they account for less than half of those killed in traffic accidents, around 88% of them were caused by drivers.

TÜİK also points out in its report that the month with the highest number of accidents -accumulating 11% of the total- is August, while February is when there are fewer accidents (5.8% of the total).

Lastly, data also shows that during the last celebrations for the end of Ramadan, the quarantine measures for the coronavirus favoured that there were only 33 victims in traffic accidents in Turkey, the lowest number in 33 years. Last year, 83 people died and 870 were injured in accidents that occurred during the same celebrations.