Deaths and injuries on Irish roads

Last year saw the first year-on-year increase in the number of road deaths in Ireland for the first time since 2005 .

In 2013, Cork and Dublin had the poorest road safety record , while Monaghan, Donegal and Kerry had the highest fatality rate per million of population in 2013. Clare, Carlow, Leitrim, Longford and Waterford were the counties with the fewest fatalities with two road deaths in each county.

Last year saw the first year-on-year increase in the number of road deaths in Ireland for the first time since 2005 when 190 people lost their lives compared to 162 in 2012. This increase nationally was driven by increases in the numbers of deaths in Tipperary (up from 4 to 12), Kildare (up from 1-15), Kerry (up from 7 to 13) and Dublin (up from 12 to 19).

The highest number of car user deaths last year was in Cork (14), followed by Donegal, Kerry and Kildare where nine car users lost their lives. The highest number of pedestrian fatalities occurred in Dublin (7), Galway (4) and Mayo (3). Finally, the highest motorcyclist fatalities were in counties Kildare, Meath (4 in each county), Dublin and Wicklow (3 in each county).

In the period 2007 to 2013, there was a 44% reduction in road fatalities nationally. Clare and Louth recorded the biggest decrease in road deaths.  Kildare and Monaghan are the only counties where fatalities increased between 2007 and 2013. Reductions in deaths were observed in all user categories, with the highest reduction in pedal cycle (67%), goods vehicle (66%) and pedestrian (62%) casualties.

In the period Jan-December 2013 there were 181 fatal collisions resulting in 190 fatalities on Irish roads.   This represents 29 more collisions and 28 more deaths compared to the same period in 2012; and overall a 17% increase in deaths compared to 2012.

  • Of the 190 fatalities, there were 31 pedestrians killed, 95 Drivers, 32 Passengers, 27 Motorcyclists and 5 Pedal Cyclists.  
  • The greatest number of fatalities on our roads were among those aged 16-25 (43), those aged 26-35 (41) and 66+ (42).
  • Vulnerable Road Users (pedestrians, motorcyclists and pedal cyclists) represent one third of all deaths in 2013.
  • There was a significant increase in driver and passenger fatalities  (up from 78 to 95 and 27 to 32 respectively).
  • 8 in 10 drivers killed were male.
  • Half of drivers killed were aged 16-35.
  • There was a high incident of eno seatbeltf as a factor in fatal collisions (1 in 5).
  • There was an increase in pedestrian fatalities (up from 29 to 32) and motorcyclist fatalities (up from 16 to 27), but a decline in pedal cyclist deaths from 8 to 5.
  • Friday and Sunday were the days when the greatest number of fatalities occurred (36 on Friday and 34 on Sunday).
  • The most dangerous time on the roads was between 2pm and 6pm.

2013 road death and injury statistics

County Road Deaths*
Carlow 2
Cavan 3
Clare 2
Cork 20
Donegal 13
Dublin 19
Galway 13
Kerry 13
Kildare 15
Kilkenny 4
Laois 3
Leitrim 2
Limerick 6
Longford 2
Louth 4
Mayo 6
Meath 9
Monaghan 8
Offaly 5
Roscommon 4
Sligo 5
Tipperary 12
Waterford 2
Westmeath 5
Wexford 7
Wicklow 6

 Note: Figures are provisional for 2013