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Accidental Deaths and Accident Injuries in Germany

Estimation of the annual accident rate in Germany

There is no uniform recording of all accidents in Germany. Thus, some accidents are counted twice. An accident with the car on the way to work, for example, is a road traffic accident in the traffic accident statistics and a commuting accident in the work accident statistics.

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In cooperation with the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), BAuA estimates annually the total number of all accidents in Germany based on various accident statistics:

  • Work and school: work accident and school accident statistics of the accident insurance
  • Traffic: Traffic accident statistics of the Federal Statistical Office
  • Home and leisure: estimates or projections of the Robert Koch Institute from survey data (GEDA¹ and KiGGS²)
  • Fatal accidents: Statistics of the death causes of the Federal Statistical Office

Accidental Deaths and Accident Injuries in Germany Accidental Deaths and Accident Injuries in Germany (Larger version opens in new window) *) The work-related shares in the traffic category - 465 fatal accidents and 0.13 million injured persons - as well as the school sector - 33 fatal accidents and 0.06 million injuries - are shown in ochre and green. Sources: Statistics on causes of death, statistics on traffic accident, statistics of statutory accident insurance institutions, RKI data set

1), 2012
2), 2009 - 2012
3) Rounding error
4) The current interviews of the RKI contain methodological changes compared to the predecessor surveys, which, for example, allow a better estimation of multiple accidents of children. This means that the figures for this statistic are not fully comparable with previous years.

The publication of Accidental Deaths and Accident Injuries in Germany for 2016 has been cancelled. Unfortunately, not all relevant data is available to BAuA. Whether the available data will allow a publication for 2017 will be clarified in spring 2019.

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