Fewer traffic fatalities in the first half of the year

Fewer traffic fatalities in the first half of the year

184,500 people injured (up 0.7 percent). One reason for the increased number of accidents may be that the many technologies in cars are distracting drivers.

"We see how rapidly multimedia offers are spreading in modern cars," said matthias knobloch of the ACE auto club europa, according to the release. Accident research needs to clarify how large a proportion of accidents are caused by distraction.

In 2011, the number of traffic fatalities in germany rose for the first time in 20 years – by ten percent to 4009. "We hope that was a cop-out," said expert ingeborg vorndran of the federal statistical office in wiesbaden on wednesday.

Statistics show a sharp drop in the number of motorcyclists killed in accidents. From january to may – the june figures are not yet available – 176 motorcyclists and passengers were killed, almost 30 percent fewer than in the same period last year. A possible explanation: last year, especially in the spring, it was particularly warm and dry, the ideal weather for motorcycle excursions.

In relation to a population of one million, 21 people were killed in accidents in the first half of the year, compared with 22 last year. Hesse is right on the federal average. On average, the most people die in road traffic accidents in brandenburg: 30 per million. In addition to the other eastern states, bavaria (24), rhineland-palatinate (27) and lower saxony (29) are above the average.

The number of traffic fatalities per million inhabitants is below average in city states such as berlin (4), hamburg (9) or bremen (14), but also in the most densely populated flat state of north rhine-westphalia (14).

ADAC stressed the importance of drivers’ behavior – they should drive with foresight and be sure to wear their seat belts. ADAC expert wolfgang steichele said: "the seat belt is life saver number one."