In 2018 a total of 251,000 people died in road traffic accidents in the European Union, down a small 1 percent on 2017, whilst compared to 2010 the number of fatalities decreased by 21 percent proving that safety measures are working.
Clearly the safety measures introduced, not only in the EU but across Croatia, are starting to have some effect. Largely new, stricter fines combined with programs of education for drivers has seen an improvement in road safety in Croatia. And this can be seen with the latest figures from the EU, in 2010 99 people (per million) were killed in road traffic accidents in Croatia and in 2018 there were 77, or 26 percent less. The majority of these fatalities were young male drivers, and this is a common problem across the whole of the EU.
But even though the numbers are promising for Croatia and are moving in the right direction there is clearly more work needed. In Great Britain 28 people per million were killed in road traffic accidents in 2018, making Britain’s roads the safest in the EU. The UK was followed by Denmark with 30 deaths per million, Ireland with 31 and Sweden with 32.
The average EU level in 2018 was 49 fatalities per million inhabitants, which means that Croatian roads are among the most dangerous in the whole of the European Union.