She hitches a ride to the driver, who stops her and asks where she’s going. She replies that just a little bit, just to the left-hand turn. You probably all know this joke, but it somewhat reflects our topic today, which is about traffic accidents in 2023 investigated by the Czech police.

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As part of the statistics, accidents solved by the police are recorded, not those solved by drivers using the Euroform, which are usually smaller collisions.

Last year, there were a total of 94,945 accidents in which the police assisted, but in reality there could easily have been twice as many, but we are usually talking about minor knocks solved at most with a Euroform. Anyway, in the calculated accidents, it is a decrease of 3.6% (3,515 accidents) against 2022, which is good news, one of the few.

The number of people killed increased by one compared to last year, i.e. 455 people died as a result of traffic accidents last year. 1,751 people were seriously injured, i.e. 17 more than the year before. 23,936 people ended up with minor injuries after collisions, i.e. 1,484 more than in 2022.

And the amount of material damage in accidents has also increased, which in 2023 stopped at 7.69 billion crowns, which is 144 million crowns more than the year before.

The risky months of 2023 in terms of fatal accidents were January, June, August and September. On the contrary, the greatest calm was in February, November and December.

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In 2023, 455 people died as a result of traffic accidents.

The most common cause of accidents was not speed, but inattention to driving (23.6%). Second place (11.8%) was given to improper turning or reversing, third place (7.8%) was occupied by avoiding without sufficient lateral distance, while not adjusting the speed to the road condition (7.1%) is down to the potato position. The top five most common causes are not being able to drive the vehicle (6.7%), but we will also mention the sixth position, which is failure to keep a safe distance behind the vehicle (5.9%).

It’s a different song in terms of fatal collisions, where crossing into the opposite direction is in first place (17.5%). On the second, not adjusting the speed to the traffic technical condition of the road (13.4%) and on the third, not paying attention to driving the vehicle (12.9%). The fourth and fifth place goes to the failure to adapt the speed to the characteristics of the vehicle and the load (7.3%) and the failure to adapt the speed to the road condition (6.6%). In sixth place is not giving priority to the triangle (6.1%).

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The most common cause of death? Ultimately, unreasonable speed.

Therefore, if we add up all the excessive speeds, which are divided into several sections, within the framework of the statistics of tragic accidents, we will find that they easily overtake even passing in the opposite direction. In other words, an unreasonable speed is not always one that exceeds the maximum permitted speed.

In terms of traffic accidents, a total of 78,116 were caused by the driver of a motor vehicle, while in 411 cases the motorist in question paid the highest tax for his mistake. In 3,584 cases, the driver of a non-motorized vehicle was the culprit, of which in 26 cases he lost his life. In total, 936 accidents were caused by pedestrians, of which 12 never returned from the walk.

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Last year, 936 accidents were caused by pedestrians, 12 of whom paid for their mistake with their lives.

Communication failure was responsible for 369 accidents, technical failure figured in 117 cases. However, the number 11,117 is interesting, which is the number of accidents caused by forest animals. Two people died in these collisions last year.

The outlook and wish in terms of the accident rate (including the tragic one) is to reduce it, however, so far this has only been achieved in small steps and with certain minor fluctuations. The year 2024 is to bring the first batch of 17-year-old drivers with a mentor, from which, for example, the Association of Driving Schools promises to reduce the death rate in accidents among young people aged 18-25 by approximately 30% (on average, around 100 young drivers die per year), which would ultimately could reflect the result by reducing the number 455 by at least 30 people. Let’s see, we have a whole long year to do it…