Cyclists and pedestrians at risk
(CS) Around one in two motorcyclists, and one in three pedestrians or cyclists were severely injured or killed in traffic accidents in 2010, compared to 20% of car drivers and passengers.
In a study released to mark the International Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on November 17, young road users are among the highest traffic accident victims, both as drivers and passengers of vehicles.
While only representing around 8% of the total population, they make up 22.6% of drivers in accidents, as well as 20.1% on the passenger side.
Senior citizens over the age of 65 on the other hand only make up around 5% of victim drivers and 10% of victim passengers involved in car accidents.
They are, however, more likely to be severely or fatally injured when using the road as cyclists or pedestrians. 58% of pedestrians aged over 65 involved in traffic accidents are killed or heavily injured, the highest percentage in all age categories.
When it comes to motorcycle accidents, 33 to 44-year-olds are most at risk, representing 27.5% of accidents. There is an overwhelming majority of male drivers, making up over 90% of motorcycle accident victims.
On the whole there were 1,091 traffic accident victims recorded in 2010, with most suffering only minor injuries.