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 in 2020, young people between 15 and 24 years old represent 10.6% of the population but 14.4% of road deaths. In France, while in 2010, they represented 24.8% of the mortality for 12.4% of the population, in 2020 they will represent 20.7% of road deaths for 12.0% of the population.
Seniors represent 27.4% of European mortality for 20.8% of the population. In France, in 2020, they will represent 25.3% of mortality for 20.7% of the population, compared to 19.1% of mortality in 2010.
Since 2000, road deaths in France have been in line with the European average. France's share of road deaths in the EU27 is 14.9% for an almost identical weight (14.7%) in the population.