In the first four months of 2020, the police recorded a reduced number of traffic accidents, fatalities, severe and lightly injured persons compared to last year. There were 6,941 traffic accidents (in the four months of 2019 - 9,128 traffic accidents), in which 68 people died (2019 - 74 persons), 460 (2019 - 573 persons) were seriously injured, and 2,041 (2019 - 2,856) persons were slightly injured.
Measures carried out due to the COVID - 19 virus pandemic, which led to significantly smaller number of vehicles in road traffic, also contributed to the lower number of traffic accidents and the number of people killed in them.
In such circumstances, individual drivers violate traffic regulations and drive the vehicle at a speed higher than allowed, which leads to traffic accidents, often with the most serious consequences.
In the territory of the Republic of Croatia in the past, relatively short period (the past 10 days) there were several traffic accidents with fatalities, in which 12 people died.
Analyzing the accidents, it is evident that most of them were caused by young drivers (up to 24 years of age), driving personal vehicles or motorcycles, primarily due to serious violations of traffic regulations.
Furthermore, the main cause of death was driving at an improper speed (significantly higher speed than allowed) or driving at speed inappropriate to road conditions, during which drivers went off the road, crashed into objects located on the road, or crossed on the opposite side of the road and collided with vehicles coming from the opposite direction.