The number of road accidents leading to personal injuries fell below 20,000 last year for the first time since the 1950s.

 

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Swiss road accidents drop to 1950 levels

 

The number of road accidents leading to personal injuries fell below 20,000 last year for the first time since the 1950s.

 

Swiss road accidents drop to 1950 levels
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According to newly published figures from the Federal Statistics Office, 327 people died and 4,458 were seriously injured in last year’s 19,609 road accidents – with the number of crashes down 4 percent compared to 2009.

The downward trend is expected to continue, the office said, with the number of victims on the road falling from 834 to 327 (-61 percent) since 1992.

Some 1,410 people, almost a third of the victims in road accidents were travelling in a car at the time, while 1,283 were motorcyclists, the office said in a statement.

The number of pedestrians caught up in crashes is on the rise, with 781 cases in 2010, compared to 764 the year before. For them, the most dangerous season is winter, while for motorcyclists and cyclists the majority of accidents happen in summer.

The main cause of accidents is reported to be general negligence, but also little driving experience and distractions, caused for example by passengers, animals on board, the use of radio and telephones, or even sneezing.

 

ACCIDENTS

Swiss mountain claims four lives over two days

Three people died after falling whilst climbing the Piz Bernina on the Swiss-Italian border on Thursday morning, police have said.

Swiss mountain claims four lives over two days
Photo: Graubuenden police
The trio were roped together and climbing at about 3,600m altitude when they fell around 300 metres, Graubünden police said in a statement.
 
Several people witnessed the fall and called air rescue service Rega, but the trio were already dead when rescuers arrived. 
 
Due to the risk of falling rocks, their bodies were not taken off the mountain until Friday morning, said police. 
 
The accident occurred just a day after another person died on the Piz Bernina. 
 
The 32-year-old German was hiking with a group when she fell around 600 metres just after 7am on Wednesday morning, police said.