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Road Accidents in Rural France

Road deaths in France last year rose 0.5% to 3,477, with 63% of the fatalities occurring on rural roads, so how do the departments compare?

This is the third consecutive year of a reduction in road deaths in France. As alarming as even the current number sounds, the country has travelled a long way since the 1970s, when around 18,000 a year were killed on the roads.

While the number of deaths was stable compared to 2015, the number of people injured was up by 2.6% to 72,645 of whom 27,187 were hospitalised (+2.2%).

There was an increase of 19% in the number of pedestrians killed, rising to 559 compared to 2015. The same trend is observed among cyclists; in 2016,162 cyclists lost their lives, up 9% in one year. In both cases, most fatal accidents occurred mainly in urban areas.

However, two-thirds of all road deaths occurred outside of the conurbations.

As a ratio to population, the department with the worst record is rural Lozère, where over the past four years the death rate equates to 172 per million of population. The department has the lowest density of population in France at 15 inhabitants/km.

The numerically low number of deaths in the department unquestionably distorts the picture somewhat, but the record in many other rural departments is not much better.

Other departments with a low population density, such as Creuse, Alpes de Haute-Provence, Cantal, Ariège, Gers and Haut-Marne, all show a poor road accident record.

Conversely, more populated departments had a lower accident rate, notably Haute-de-Seine, Saint Seine Denis, Val-de-Marne, Rhône, and Nord.

A frequent cause of accidents in rural areas of France is due to overtaking.

The table below show the number of deaths on the road for each department of France in 2016, and the rate per million/inhabitants for the period 2012-16.

Region/DeptNo of Deaths 2016
Deaths per million pop 2012-2016
AUVERGNE-RHONE-ALPES
Ain 5968
Allier 4186
Ardèche 2574
Cantal 1175
Drôme 3479
Isère 6651
Haute-Loire 1084
Loire 2944
Puy-de-Dôme4157
Rhône 6229
Haute-Savoie 4553
Savoie3663
BRITTANY
Côte d'Amour3959
Finistère5146
IIle-et-Vilaine 54
47
Morbihan
4746
BOURGOGNE FRANCHE-COMTE
Belfort
2623
Côte-d'Or2754
Doubs
3568
Haute-Saône
1066
Jura
29103
Nièvre2883
Saône-et-Loire4374
Yonne
3595
CENTRE-VAL DE LOIRE
Cher
1479
Eure-et-Loir
2682
Indre
1882
Indre-et-Loire
3460
Loir-et-Cher
31102
Loiret
4358
GRAND EST
Ardennes
1748
Aube
1869
Haute-Marne
1197
Marne
3969
Meurthe-et-Moselle
34108
Meuse
1265
Moselle
4746
Bas-Rhin
4638
Haut-Rhin
2538
Vosges
2372
HAUTS DE FRANCE
Aisne 3567
Nord 10734
Oise 7069
Pas-de-Calais6747
Somme 4476
ILE-DE-FRANCE
Paris4018
Seine-Saint-Denise2623
Haute-de-Seine2816
Val-et-Marne 2719
Val d'Oise 1922
Yvelines4833
Essonne 2927
Seine-et-Marne7253
NOUVELLE-AQUITAINE
Charente 1656
Charente-Maritime 5991
Corrèze 1267
Creuse 564
Deux-Sèvres 3479
Dordogne 4393
Gironde 8253
Landes 2275
Lot-et-Garonne 2576
Pyrénées-Atlantiques2953
Haute-Vienne 1357
Vienne
2962
OCCITANIE
Ariège 2688
Aude 43103
Aveyron 2596
Gard 5879
Gers 23106
Haute-Garonne 5157
Hautes-Pyrénées 1784
Hérault 7977
Lot2386
Lozère 7172
Pyrénées-Orientales2859
Tarn 2271
Tarn-et-Garonne 26106
NORMANDY
Calvados
3347
Manche
3665
Orne
2692
Eure
4363
Seine-Maritime
52115
PAYS DE LA LOIRE
Loire-Atlantique
7352
Maine-et-Loire
4041
Mayenne
2165
Sarthe
3558
Vendée5669
PROVENCE-ALPES-COTE D'AZUR
Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
26123
Alpes-Maritimes5952
Bouches-du-Rhône127158
Hautes-Alpes
1187
Var6968
Vaucluse
4176

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This article was featured in our Newsletter dated 06/10/2017




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