2018 Road Safety annual report

2018 final results : 3 488 people died on French roads (mainland and overseas), 196 fewer than in 2017 and 7 fewer than in 2013 (best year so far).

In 2018, there were 55,766 traffic accidents in France mainland. 3,248 people were killed within 30 days of their accident, including 471 pedestrians, 175 cyclists, 133 mopeds, 627 motorcyclists, 1,637 motorists, 44 truck users. 86 children aged 14 and under died, 106 adolescents aged 15-17, 503 young adults age 18-24 and 842 seniors age 65 and over.

In the overseas counties, 144 people were killed.

In the French Overseas Communities and New Caledonia, 96 people were killed.

Road safety results - France (overseas included)

3,488 people died on French roads in 2018, 196 fewer than in 2017 and 7 fewer than in 2013. Road fatalities show a -5.3% decrease compared to 2017.

Road safety results - France mainland only

3,248 people died on the roads of France mainland in 2018, 200 people fewer than in 2017 and 20 fewer than in 2013. Road fatalities show a -5.8% decrease compared to 2017. Both injury accidents and injuried people decrease (by - 4.9% and - 4,8 % respectively).

Road fatalities between 2010 and 2018 are down -18.6%, or 744 lives saved in 2018 compared to 2010.

Breakdown of fatalities by main road user categories per age group :

Pedestrians-cyclists (active modes), powered two-wheelers (PTW: mopeds and motorcyclists), car users ; and other users (mainly utility vehicle, heavy goods vehicles, and public transport users).

Young adults age 18-24 fatalities in passenger vehicles actually decreased during the decade. As a result, they now account for 19% of motorist fatalities in 2018, compared to 25% in 2010. However, with their 8% share of the population, they are still at higher risk. Their motorcycle mortality has also dropped sharply, accounting for 18% of motorcycle mortality in 2018, compared to 21% in 2010.

At the other end of the spectrum, the fatalities share of senior people age 65 or over in passenger vehicles has increased. They account for 28% of motorist fatalities in 2018, compared to 19% in 2010. They make up 20% of the population, so they are also at higher risk, especially the older seniors.

Motorcyclist fatalities among 45-64 year olds have risen sharply in recent years: they account for 31% of motorcyclist fatalities in 2018, compared to 25% in 2010.

 

Impact of the 80 km/h speed limit in place since 1st July 2018 : While the first half of 2018 was close to that of the 5 year average 2013-2017, 127 lives were saved on non-motorway roads outside urban areas in the 2nd half of the year, compared with 15 on other networks (motorways and urban areas).