According to the National Statistics Office Malta, the number of traffic accidents increased by 16.6% during the fourth quarter of 2021 when compared to that same period from 2020. Reported traffic accidents during that period of time reached a total of 3,697. From all those traffic accidents, the total number of road traffic fatalities amounted to 5 and comprised of 3 drivers who crashed into property and 2 pedestrians who were hit by a vehicle.
The most registered accidents happened in the Northern Harbour district amounting to 1,347 cases, 36,4% of all the registered traffic accidents. Meanwhile, the road traffic casualties saw an increase of 21.9% to 379 casualties when compared to the same period of the previous year. Road traffic casualties increased by 21.9 per cent to 379 over the same period in 2020.
The number of grievously injured persons from these accidents was 84 which included: 49 drivers, 15 passengers and 20 pedestrians, cyclists or others. The majority of persons who were grievously injured were males with 76.2%. Most of the casualties from all the accidents, 62.8%, involved persons aged from 26 to 59 years. Most of the road traffic casualties involved passenger cars at 57.5%, motorcycles at 33.2% and goods-carrying vehicles at 6.3%.
The number of road traffic casualties was the highest on Wednesdays with 62 casualties. On the other hand, road traffic accidents were the highest on Fridays with 628 cases. The highest incidences of traffic accidents were registered in Birkirkara with 277 cases. Ħal Qormi followed Birkirkara with 206 cases and San Pawl followed with 178 cases.
Source: National Statistics Office Malta