A total of 455 people went to the other world last year, whether through their own fault or not, behind the wheel or as a pedestrian, in short, these people died tragically. Thanks to police statistics, we can look at which group is most at risk, who took the most and where the tragic crash occurred. Let last year’s numbers be a lesson for this year as well.

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There were a total of 94,945 accidents handled by the police, in which 455 people died.

Last year, out of a total of 455 people, a total of 326 motor vehicle drivers and cyclists, 55 passengers and 74 pedestrians died (due to their own fault or the fault of others). Of the total of 326 deceased, 178 were in a car, 70 on a motorbike, 39 on a bicycle, 24 in a truck and 15 in other means of transport.

Compared to 2022, this means one less person killed in a car and three fewer cyclists, but 12 motorcyclists and 12 more truck drivers killed.

Of the 55 tragically deceased passengers, 46 were in a car, 4 on a motorcycle, 3 in a truck and 2 in a tractor. Compared to 2022, this means 20 fewer dead passengers in a car, 2 fewer dead passengers in a truck, but two more deceased passengers in a tractor. The dead motorcycle passengers remained unchanged in 2022 and 2023.

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Last year, 326 drivers and cyclists died on our roads.

Most of the drivers killed were over the age of 64, while the second fatality group was between the ages of 45 and 54. The least affected group of drivers are drivers aged 18 to 20 and 21 to 24 years, but beware, driver deaths have risen sharply in the age group of 25 to 34 years.

Among the deceased passengers, there were again the most people aged over 64 years and the least aged 55 to 64 years, 6 to 9 years and under 6 years. Among the dead pedestrians, those killed at the age of 64 and over, but also at the age of 35 to 44, “lead” again. A total of 0 pedestrians under the age of 17 were killed last year.

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People over 64 are the most at-risk group.

The worst accident day was always Friday, closely followed by Monday and Wednesday. The fewest accidents happened on Sunday. In terms of deaths, the most people died on Friday, with Sunday taking the second place surprisingly.

The black chronicle of accidents is December 1, 2023, when a total of 49 collisions occurred. The most tragic days of 2023 with five deaths each time are Friday 21 April, Saturday 27 May, Sunday 28 May, Friday 2 June, Saturday 3 June, Thursday 24 August and Monday 13 November.

Pedestrian accidents

January, February and November were the deadliest months for pedestrians last year, while June, July and April had the fewest deaths. A greater proportion of pedestrians died at night (44 persons) than during the day (30 persons). Impaired visibility, however, only played a role in 5 tragic cases. Furthermore, it is not surprising that the majority (43 persons) of pedestrians died in the village rather than outside it (31 persons).

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In addition, statistics show pedestrian accidents in previous years.

Motorcyclist accidents

Seventy drivers and four passengers, that is the balance of tragic motorcyclist accidents in 2023. There were a total of 3,504 accidents involving motorcycles last year, and in 2,020 cases the culprits of the collision were motorcyclists.

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Excessive speed kills the most among motorcyclists.

The worst months in terms of deaths were June and September, the fewest motorcyclists died in February, January, November and December. At that time, however, motorcyclists do not ride much due to the conditions.

The most common cause of accidents among motorcyclists was speed, then failure to control the steering and failure to maintain a safe distance. The most common cause of tragic accidents is speed and impaired driving.

Cyclist accidents

Last year, 39 cyclists died, only 11 of them were wearing a helmet during the collision, 28 of them were not. There were a total of 4,170 accidents involving cyclists, and in 2,804 cases the cyclist was the culprit. Cyclists died most often in June and March, least often in December and July.

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The helmet is not very beautiful, but it saves lives. Wear it.

It will probably come as no surprise to anyone that the majority of accidents involving cyclists involved drivers of bicycles with some kind of drive, however, the most deaths occurred among cyclists who pedaled under their own power.

Accidents in the regions

Last year, the most fatal accidents occurred in the Central Bohemian region (80 people), while the South Moravian (47 people) and South Bohemian (47 people) regions were in second and third place. The fewest people died as a result of accidents in the regions of Karlovy Vary (15 people), Liberecký (17 people) and Olomoucky (17 people).

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The absolute negative winner is the Central Bohemian region.

In terms of the consequences on life and health, Prague, the Central Bohemian and South Moravian Regions are worst off. On the contrary, Královéhradecký, Karlovy Vary and Liberecký are the best.

Alcohol and drugs

In 2023, there were a total of 4,766 accidents where alcohol played a role, with 34 people dying in these collisions. Of the number of at-fault accidents, alcohol played a role in 38.2% of scooter riders, 26% of cyclists, 11% of pedestrians and 4.6% of motorists.

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Fingers crossed for scooter riders, more than a third of the crashers were under the influence.

The highest number of accidents and the highest number of fatalities occurred among culprits who had more than 1.5‰ under their skin, with culprits with a level of 1.0 to 1.5‰ taking second place. However, third place in the number of at-fault accidents is held by all those who drank and had 0.24 to 0.5‰ at the time of the collision, which is one to two beers. Finally, we will also mention drugs, which were behind 437 accidents and 11 deaths.

So it was last year 2023 through the eyes of the police in terms of people killed on our roads. Hopefully, this year’s will be better, as several changes have been made to it that should help traffic safety. Hopefully.