Swedish road casualties hidden in official statistics - reality of Swedish road safety remains questionable
Tuesday, 04 September 2012
There are many more people who have been seriously injured on the roads
than has previously been known. This is because the official accident
statistics are highly misleading.
Although Sweden is known as one of the safest places on the planet to
drive a car, walk on the side of the road or ride a
bicycle, it turns out that it may not be the case because
sensitive data on accidents and casualties have not been properly
recorded and reported, the Swedish daily, according to the Swedish
daily Dagens Nyeter.
The effect of this is that it can lead to some deadly roads not to be improved so as to curb future fatalities.
The core of the concern is that accident statistics is very vital for
the design Swedish road safety tools. It also helps in designing how
new roads will be built or redone.
In 2010, 2888 people were injured people in hard traffic accidents, according to the official figures based on police reports.
But the above statistics is far from the whole truth. In the same year
there were over 7400 people treated at least for one day in hospital
because of traffic accidents, according to medical statistics.
The EU's statistical office, Eurostat's definition of "severely
injured" means that the official figures miss more than every other