2017 Road Safety annual report

In 2017, there were 58,613 road traffic accidents in mainland France. 3,448 people were killed within 30 days of their accident, including 484 pedestrians, 173 cyclists, 117 moped riders, 669 motorcyclists, 1,767 motorists and 51 truck users. 104 children aged 14 or under died, 101 adolescents aged 15-17, 562 young people aged 18-24, 869 seniors aged 65 or over.

In overseas counties, 152 people were killed.

In French Overseas Communities and New Caledonia, 84 people were killed.

The aim of the 2017 Annual report is to raise awareness of accidents and to understand their components, in particular through thematic and cross-sectoral analyses. It is also a question of highlighting the major challenges of road safety. In 2017, the focus on Overseas France was expanded and new landmark studies were added.

The stabilisation of road mortality observed in 2016 is confirmed in 2017 with -0.8% in mainland France (-29 deaths, or 3 days of average daily mortality, with a leap year of 2016).

Compared to 2010, the number of pedestrian deaths stagnated, the number of cyclists increased by +18%, and the number of deaths of seniors (65 years and over) by +14%.

Road safety results - France (overseas included)


Road safety results - France mainland only


3,684 people lost their lives on the roads of France in 2017 (-1.4%), including 3,448 in France mainland (-0.8%) and 236 overseas (-9.6%). Mortality fell by 54 deaths compared to 2016 (-29 in France mainland, -25 overseas).

France (mainland France + overseas) ranks 16th in the European Union: 55 people were killed per million inhabitants; this rate is 53 in mainland France and 86 overseas. In France mainland over the period 2013-2017, only 30 counties are below the national average.

On the other hand, the mortality rate in relation to traffic (in billions of kilometres travelled by vehicles) for France mainland was 5.7 in 2017, below the European average of 6, and slightly below the historical low reached in 2013 (5.76).

The National Road Traffic accident Database (BAAC) records 29,413 people hospitalized for more than 24 hours, including 27,732 in France mainland (+2.0% compared to 2016) and 1,681 overseas  (+2.4%).