Approximately 1.35 million people die each year on the roads worldwide, including 2% in the European Union. Since 2010, road deaths in the 27 EU Member States have declined from nearly 30,000 deaths to less than 23,000 people killed in 2019 and 19,000 in 2020. This represents a 19% decrease between 2019 and 2020, for a total decrease of 37% over the decade 2010-2020.

The EU has set itself the objective of halving road deaths between 2010 and 2020 and reducing the number of serious injuries.  However, since 2013, the improvement has stalled and despite the significant decrease in 2020, the target has not been met. Therefore, at the Valletta Declaration in 2018, European countries reiterated the need to make similar progress for the next decade 2020-2030.

In Europe, young people between 15 and 24 years of age represent 10.6% of the population but 13.9% of road deaths. Seniors account for 27.9% of European mortality for 20.2% of the population.

Since 2000, road deaths in France have been in line with the European average. French road deaths represent 14% of European road deaths.

European Commission