Road accidents costing 2.5 billion euros each year

in News · 21-04-2012 00:00:00 · 1 Comments
Road accidents costing 2.5 billion euros each year

Between 1996 and 2010, road accidents in Portugal had a social and economic cost of around €2.5 billion per year, a study has revealed this week.

According to the study entitled ‘The economic and social cost of road accidents in Portugal’, the total value of road accidents between 1996 and 2010 was around €37.5 billion, representing around 1.64 percent of production in Portugal throughout those 14 years.
Based on this, the authors of the study, Arlindo Donário and Ricardo Santos, from the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (UAL) estimate the annual economic and social cost of road accidents to be around €2.5 billion, which represents around 1.54 percent on average of the country’s gross domestic product for 2010.
Researchers used data from the 35 percent of road accidents that led to deaths, 20 percent of accidents that led to serious injuries and 45 percent of accidents leading to minor injuries to come up with the annual average cost of €2.5 billion in the study that was commissioned by the National Road Safety Authority (ANSR).
The average annual value of road accidents was estimated taking into account the loss of production from those who died or were injured, which represented 40 percent, and damage to vehicles, direct intervention from fiscal entities and lawyers fees, as well as hospital, transport, insurance and court fees, among others, which cost around €1.245 billion per year.
The average economic and social per accident with mortal victims was found to cost €735,000, with serious injuries it was found to be around €121,000 and for minor injuries around €32,000.
The study shows that the annual social cost of road accidents with mortal victims decreased between 1996 and 2010, except in 2007, which overall reflects a fall from 41 percent in 1996 to around 24 percent in 2010 of the weight of the social cost.
The decrease also be seen in accidents with serious injuries, with the cost falling from 30 percent in 1996 to 14 percent in 2010. This however was balanced by the increase cost of expenses related to minor injuries, which rose from 30 percent to 61 percent between the 14 years.
Researchers highlight the increased contribution that minor injuries have had on the overall cost of road accidents in Portugal. The study also found that the construction of motorways as well as political measures such as alterations to the highway code and harsher punishments and obligation to pay fines immediately, have contributed to a decrease in accidents.
The current economic crisis was also found by researchers to have been significant in the reduction of road deaths and serious injuries since 2007, but not on the number of minor injuries.
Overall, the economic crisis and policies such as zero tolerance were found to explain the evolution of the total number of road accident victims, as well as the different types of victims in Portugal.


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by margarette from Lisbon on 21-06-2012 09:54:00
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