A total of 1,131 people lost their lives in traffic accidents in 2014, the eleventh consecutive year that this figure has fallen.
The number of deaths in 2014 is less than were recorded in 1960, the year in which these statistics were first recorded. In 1960, there were just 1.7 million vehicles on Spanish roads compared with 30.9 million in 2013. The number of road deaths in 2014 is 5 times better than the number registered in 1989, the most tragic year for road deaths in Spain, when 5,940 people lost their lives. 79% of accidents which resulted in death occurred on conventional roads and just 21% in autovías and autopistas. 76% of those killed were men.
41% of road deaths in 2014 resulted from vehicles leaving the road, 23% from front on collision, 16% from front/side collision and 9% were pedestrians.
These improving results have been achieved despite the fact that the average age of driver has increased as has the average age of vehicle on the roads. The average age of vehicle on Spanish roads in 2014 was 10.9 years old but the average for those involved in fatal accidents was 12.3 years old. The number of car journeys undertaken in Spain also increased in 2014, attributable in part to the record number of tourists, 63 million, to visit the country last year.