Performance indicators for counties

Main accident indicators for the counties of France mainland - update with data from Balance sheets 2021

On average per year between 2017 and 2021, the number of people killed per department varies in a ratio of 1 to 19 (5 in Lozère and 102 in Bouches-du-Rhône), with an average for metropolitan France of 32 and a median of 29. For 37 departments, the number of deaths is between 15 and 30. Among the extreme values, 12 départements have a mortality of less than 15 people killed (sparsely populated departments). On the other hand, 24 departments recorded more than 40 people killed; these are departments with a strong urban component. One third of the departments account for half of the total number of fatalities. 

Specific trends in 2021

Between 2019 and 2021, mortality decreased by -9% in metropolitan France. It decreased in 52 departments, notably Haute-Savoie (-54%) and Gers (-52%), while it increased in 40 departments, notably Corrèze (+300%) and Mayenne (+213%), and stagnated in 3 departments: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Aube and Bas-Rhin.

 Number of people killed per year and per department on average over the period 2017-2021

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Average annual mortality per million inhabitants by department over the period 2017-2021

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Types of accidents in the departements.

While pedestrians account for 15% of all deaths in France mainland, their share exceeds one third. 15% in mainland France, it is more than a third in Val-de-Marne, Seine-Saint-Denis and Paris. It is below 10% in 33 departments. 

A quarter of the cyclists killed are concentrated in 10 departements. 

Powered two-wheeler users account for more than a quarter of more than a quarter of users killed in 26 departments. These are both very urban and more rural departments. 5 departments recorded more than 20 fatalities in PTWon average per year (Bouches du Rhône, Alpes Maritimes, Hérault, Nord, Var). 

43% of those killed are killed in an accident involving a driver under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. For 9 départements, half of the people killed were killed in an accident involving a driver under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. 

17% of those killed are aged between 18 and 24 and for 15 departments, this rate is higher than 20%, mainly in the southern half of France. 

On average, people aged 75 or over account for 58% of killed aged 65 or over. Depending on the department, the weight of those aged 75 or over among those killed aged 65 or over can be much higher (up to 93%).