Road traffic accidents

Updated: 23 Jan 2019
Next update: 23 Jan 2020

The indicator includes road traffic accidents involving personal injury known to police and reported by police to Statistics Finland.

Road traffic accident is an event having lead to personal injury or damage to property that has taken place in an area intended for public transport or generally used for transport and in which at least one of the involved parties has been a moving vehicle. In addition to the vehicles specified in the Road Traffic Act, such party can also be a tram and in level crossing accidents a train. The falling down of a pedestrian is not a traffic accident, but that of a rider of a bicycle (= vehicle) is.


A total of 238 persons died in road traffic accidents and 409 were seriously injured in 2017

According to Statistics Finland, 4,432 road traffic accidents involving personal injury occurred in 2017. In them, 238 persons were killed and 5,574 injured. Around seven per cent of the injured, or 409 persons, were injured seriously. In 2017, the number of deaths was 20 lower and that of injured persons 337 fewer than in 2016. Seventy-six per cent of those having died and 57 per cent of the injured were men.