Road safety: 2,947 deaths in France in 2021

Road Safety figures for 2021 have just been released: 2,947 people lost their lives in a road accident, i.e. 9% less than in 2019.

In 2021, 2,947 people lost their lives in a road accident on French territory. The year 2021 is therefore just below the threshold of 3,000 deaths. Road mortality is lower than in 2019, before the pandemic, when 3,239 victims were recorded. There are thus 297 fewer deaths, a decrease of 9%.

According to the National Interministerial Road Safety Observatory (ONISR), road traffic seems to have returned in 2021 to a level close to that of the pre-crisis period. But the year was also marked by a curfew, the significant use of teleworking and the closing of nightclubs. Travel, particularly during festive nights, was thus less numerous, sometimes reducing the risks (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, excessive speed, etc.). Despite everything, the rise of certain modes of individual transport such as bicycles and scooters have also influenced the exposure to risk of certain users.

Over 200 cyclists killed

If we note a drop in the number of deaths in road accidents, in particular for motorists (1,411 deaths, 211 killed less than in 2019, i.e. -13%) or pedestrians (416 killed, i.e. -14% ), not all users are equal. Thus, the mortality of cyclists is increasing sharply due to the growth of this mode of travel, with 226 people dying in 2021 (39 more than in 2019 and 48 more than in 2020). For the first time in 20 years, the mortality of cyclists exceeds the threshold of 200 killed. This increase is more marked outside urban areas (+35% in 2021 compared to 2019) where the high speeds of motorized users make cyclists more vulnerable.

Electric scooter users are also concerned by this increase in mortality, with 22 people dying in 2021 compared to 10 in 2019 and 7 in 2020. Road Safety also observes a 33% increase in the mortality of truck drivers in 2021 (48 killed, i.e. 12 more than in 2019 and 15 more than in 2020).

According to ONISR, 274 people were killed in Overseas France in 2021, an increase of 8% compared to 2019. Compared to 2020, mortality is up by 12% with 33 more deaths in 2021.

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