Cost of Road Accidents

More Frequent?

More Frequent?

The cost of accidents on Polish roads is increasing. According to a report by the National Road Safety Council in 2013, it has reached PLN 40.1bn. The Council believes that losses for 2014 will be even higher and in 2015 they will exceed PLN 50.7bn. However, the fact is that the number of road accidents is actually on the decrease. “There are fewer accidents, but they are more serious, entailing higher medical costs,” explains Agata Jaździk-Osmólska, an expert from the Research Institute of Roads and Bridges. Rzeczpospolita writes that the cost of accidents on Polish roads is near 3% of the country’s GDP. The average cost of a road collision in Poland is PLN 41,000. However, fatalities amount to PLN 1.9m and serious injuries entail PLN 2.2m. The Special National Road Safety Programme was implemented to lower the number of accidents. Also some changes have been introduced in road construction to improve safety (for example increasing the camber in roads). Unfortunately, the attitude of road users has not changed. Rzeczpospolita writes that a blatant disregard of the Highway Code and speed limits are common in Poland. The total cost of road accidents includes the costs of medical treatment, compensation, remuneration for rescue services and the costs of criminal proceeding or loss of business. Sadly,Poland tops the European league table of the number of accidents every year. Of the 1 million drivers on Polish roads, an average 87 people die in accidents. Police Headquarters confirmed that 35,847 road accidents took place in Poland in 2013. As a result 3,357 people died and 44,059 were injured.

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