July ends with 115 fatalities in traffic accidents

by Lorraine Williamson
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A total of 112 fatal traffic accidents were reported in which 115 individuals lost their lives. This marks a decrease of 15 compared to the previous year. Furthermore, these incidents occurred in a context where mobility has seen a 1.1% increase as compared to July 2022.

Road departures remain the primary cause of fatal accidents. These accounted for the highest number of casualties with 42 fatalities recorded in July.

The number of vulnerable fatalities has risen, with 35 motorcyclists losing their lives on the road this month, making a total of 165 for the year so far.

Furthermore, of the deceased, 16 were not utilising any safety devices at the time of the accidents.

620 lives lost

In the first seven months of the year, a total of 620 individuals have lost their lives in traffic accidents. This reflects a 6% decrease from the same period in 2022.

During the month of July, Spain’s roads witnessed 112 fatal accidents. Moreover, this resulted in 115 fatalities, marking a decline of 15 from the same month in 2022. This occurred amidst a context of increased mobility, with a 1.1% rise compared to the previous year. Long-distance movements totaled 45.8 million this July.

This month, reductions in fatalities were more pronounced on conventional roads compared to motorways and expressways, as illustrated below.

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Road departures continue to be the dominant accident type causing fatalities, albeit with a decrease of 12 individuals compared to the same month in 2022. A total of 42 individuals lost their lives this July due to such incidents, involving only the accident-stricken vehicle.

This month, rear-end and multiple collisions, rollovers, and pedestrian accidents have all increased. Each of these claimed 2 more fatalities than in July of the previous year. Conversely, frontal collisions have seen a reduction of 9 fatalities, while side collisions and side-front collisions have decreased by 3 individuals compared to July 2022.

Increase in fatalities involving motorcyclists

When considering the mode of transportation, the number of vulnerable fatalities has risen in comparison to July 2022, with 55 deaths compared to 51 the previous year. Specifically, 35 motorcyclists have lost their lives on the road this month, contributing to a total of 165 fatalities for the year, marking a 13% increase from 2022.

Regarding the usage of safety systems, 16 of the deceased were not employing the appropriate safety measures at the time of the accidents. Among them, 12 car drivers and 1 van driver were not wearing their seat belts, while 2 cyclists and 1 motorcyclist were not wearing helmets.

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In terms of autonomous communities, Madrid has experienced the highest increase in accidents, with 7 more fatalities compared to July 2022. On the contrary, Andalucia has seen the greatest reduction in accidents this July, with 13 fewer fatalities. This is followed by Castile and León with 11 fewer fatalities.

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July 1 saw the highest number of fatalities

The day with the highest number of fatalities was Saturday, July 1, with 9 casualties. Conversely, there were 2 days with zero fatalities: Thursday, July 6th, and Saturday, July 22nd. The first seven months of the year have seen a total of 620 fatalities in traffic incidents, which is 41 fewer than the same period in 2022 (-6%).

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