254 road fatalities in 2020
In 2020, 254 people were killed in road traffic accidents in the Flemish Region. This is a decrease of 19% compared to 2019. The reduction of the traffic flow since March 2020, due to the measures taken in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, plays an important role. Compared to 2005, the number of road fatalities halved.
In addition, there were in 2020 2,048 seriously injured road casualties on Flemish roads. In 2005, this figure still stood at 3,912. Among the minor injured road casualties there was a decrease from 36,116 to 20,474 between 2005 and 2020.
4 out of 10 fatal traffic victims are pedestrians and cyclists
In 2020, 33% of fatal traffic victims fell in passenger cars. Cyclists accounted for 30% of all road fatalities. Motorcyclists accounted for 13% and pedestrians for 11%.
Compared to 2005, 2020 witnessed far less deaths in passenger cars. For the other types of road users, the difference between 2005 and 2020 was smaller. There was, however, an increase in the number of road fatalities among cyclists. The share of vulnerable road users (pedestrians and cyclists) in the total number of road fatalities was 41% in 2020. In 2005 this stood at 19%.
People in their twenties no longer overrepresented in road fatalities
In 2020, differences in the number of road fatalities by age were limited. This is a breakaway from the situation in 2005. At that time, people in their twenties were overrepresented in the number of road fatalities.
More road casualties in West Flanders, fewer in Flemish Brabant
With 2,302 road deaths and severely injured in the Flemish Region in 2020, the number of killed and seriously injured road casualties stood at 0.35 per 1,000 residents. In West Flanders a lot of municipalities exceeded the Flemish figure. In Flemish Brabant a lot of municipalities remained below the Flemish figure.
These figures are based on one calendar year. If a serious accident occurs that year, involving multiple casualties, a municipality can easily rise above the Flemish figure. This certainly applies to municipalities with a small number of residents.
Flemish Region below European average
The average number of road fatalities in the countries of the European Union (EU27) in 2018 stood at 52 deaths per million residents. With 47 road deaths per million residents, the Flemish Region remains slightly below the European average. In the Brussels-Capital Region, this figure was much lower and in the Walloon Region it was much higher.