Road traffic accidents – August 2010

Winter tires on wet roads during summer can be a deadly combination.

Winter tires on wet roads during summer can be a deadly combination.

24 killed in road traffic accidents

In August 2010, 70 persons were severely injured, while 24 persons were killed, according to preliminary figures.

The average for August over the last 10 years is 90 severely injured and 25 fatalities. In August 2009, 63 persons were severely injured and 22 persons were killed. The fatality figure was later adjusted to 75 and 23 respectively.

Of the fatalities last month, nine were car drivers, seven were car passengers, six were motorcyclists, one was a cyclist and one a pedestrian.

Many killed in the summer traffic

A total of 83 people were killed on Norwegian roads between June and August this year. This is 18 more than the same period last year. A total of 227 were severely injured, compared to 230 last year.

Police figures

The statistics are based on accidents reported to the police. Less severe accidents and injuries are often not reported to the police, and may therefore be underrepresented in the figures. The total number of injuries includes casualties where the degree of injury has not been specified. Around 23 per cent of the casualties reported so far this year belonged to this category. Some people registered in this category may be uninjured, and figures are subject to change.

Source: Statistics Norway

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