Risk in traffic

The most common means of measuring road safety is the number of road crashes and/or the number of casualties resulting from such crashes. This is not, however, the measure that most accurately reflects the level of road safety. The fatality rate is more accurate in this regard. With respect to a specific group or otherwise, the fatality rate not only looks at the number of fatalities in a specific group of road users, it also takes the exposure into account. The exposure is often expressed in terms of distance travelled. The fatality rate of car occupants has been decreasing in the Netherlands since the 1970s. Moped and light moped riders and motorcyclists have relatively high fatality and injury rates. In addition, both the elderly and young people are at above-average risk, the elderly due to their greater vulnerability and young people because of their as yet brief experience in motorized traffic.


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  • Accession Number: 01382277
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 1:11PM