Spanish traffic accident injuries up 16 per cent in past five years

OVER 1.3 million people have been injured in traffic accidents in Spain in the past decade, according to a study by Direct Line insurance and the Spanish road safety foundation (FESVIAL).

The research evaluated the outcome of more than 900,000 collisions during this period, meaning nearly 3 per cent of the nation’s population has been injured in a traffic accident at some point in the last ten years.

The study reflects that while the number of deaths has decreased by nearly 60 per cent in this time, there has still been a 16 per cent increase in traffic accident related injuries since 2011.

Every year, more than 13,000 people are seriously injured and spend an average of two weeks recovering in hospital, and take another two hundred days to fully recover.

Whiplash accounts for 75 per cent of all injuries caused by road traffic accidents, while other common wounds include bruises and fractures. 

The research also points out that over 30 per cent of those killed and nearly 20 per cent of those injured were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of impact, while 17 per cent of motorcyclists killed were not wearing a helmet.

The cost of road traffic accidents also has a significant impact on the Spanish economy, amounting to nearly €10 billion a year.

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