German Accident

Chance of Becoming Roadkill in Germany at Record Low, But New Threat Arises

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

While Germany may have some of the fastest roadways in the world with its Autobahn, it often equates to some messy, and deadly, accidents that are known to bring traffic on the highway to a complete standstill, sometimes lasting for hours. Thankfully there is some good news coming out of Germany today that shows roadway deaths slowed down to their lowest level since the creation of the federal republic over 60 years ago.

The Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) in Germany reported 3,214 traffic deaths, a 7.1 percent drop between 2015 and 2016. While these numbers may provide some relief for travelers dealing with Autobahn anxiety, there is an unsettling statistic released alongside the positive.

Deaths may be down, but the roadways are far from safe. In 2016, the number of accidents saw an alternate record — a record high. 2.6 million accidents were reported last year, a 3 percent rise over 2015, and 396,700 resulted in one or more injuries.

Sources: Destatis via DW

Photo: Andreas Trojak [Flickr]

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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