Road traffic accidents

Updated: 16 Jan 2018
Next update: 16 Jan 2019

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 258 persons died in road traffic accidents and 460 were seriously injured in 2016

According to Statistics Finland, 4,752 road traffic accidents involving personal injury occurred in 2016. In them, 258 persons were killed and 5,911 injured. Eight per cent of the injured, or 460 persons, were injured seriously. In 2016, the number of deaths was 12 lower and that of injured persons 497 fewer than in 2015. Eighty-one per cent of those having died and 58 per cent of injured were men.