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Road Accidents

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Respondents to the survey were asked if they were involved in any road traffic collisions, including minor incidents, in the 12 months prior to interview. Only incidents that happened on a public road were included, including pavements and cycle lanes on the public road. All incidents where the respondent was involved as a pedestrian, driver, passenger, cyclist or motorcyclist, were included.

Of respondents aged 18 years and over, 2.6% stated that they were involved in a road traffic collision, in the 12 months before interview.  Young males (aged 18-24 years) had the highest collision rate at 4.3% of that age cohort, with females aged 55-64 years having the lowest collision rate (0.8% of that cohort). See Table 9.1.

Table 9.1 Percentage individuals by whether they were involved in any road traffic collisions in the past 12 months, 2019

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Of persons who were involved in a road traffic collision in the previous 12 months, 92.3% were involved in one incident, while 7.7% were involved in two road traffic incidents. See Table 9.2 and Figure 9.1.

One in twelve (8.5%) males had two road traffic collisions within the previous 12 months, compared to 7% of females. No respondents had more than two road traffic collisions during the previous year. See Table 9.2 and Figure 9.1.

Table 9.2 Percentage individuals who have had a road traffic collision by number of collisions, 2019

MaleFemaleAll Persons
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Respondents were asked for the modes of travel involved in the main road traffic collision in which they were involved in the past 12 months. Over two thirds (67.1%) involved a car with another car, while 10.9% involved a car with a van or lorry. One in twenty (5%) road traffic collisions involved a car with bicycle or pedestrian – 3.7% were between a car and bicycle, while 1.3% involved a car with a pedestrian. No other vehicle was involved in 7.2% of main incidents in the previous 12 months. See Table 9.3 and Figure 9.2

Table 9.3 Modes of travel involved in main road traffic collision in the last 12 months, 2019

Car with another carCar with motorcycle/electric personal mobility vehicleCar with bicycleCar with van/lorryCar with pedestrianPedestrian with bicycleNo other vehicle involvedOther
Modes of Travel67.12.23.710.

Respondents were asked if they reported the main incident to An Garda Síochána and/or to their insurance company. Over 6 in every 10 (60.9%) were reported to An Garda Síochána and/or to their insurance company. Almost seven in ten (69.5%) road traffic collisions involving a car with another car were reported. See Table 9.4, Figures 9.3 and 9.4.

Table 9.4 Reporting of road traffic collision to An Garda Síochána/insurance company by selected modes of travel, 2019

Car with another car
All modes of travel

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