In 2020, 10.9 percent of all traffic accidents registered in the Netherlands (11,258 out of more than 103,000) took place in just two cities: Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
This is apparent from an analysis by Independer based on data from the police and Rijkswaterstaat. At the municipal level, Rotterdam leads the way with 6280 registered traffic accidents in 2020. Amsterdam is in second place with 4978 traffic accidents. The whole top 5 looks like this:
- Rotterdam (6,280 traffic accidents)
- Amsterdam (4,978 traffic accidents)
- The Hague (4,480 traffic accidents)
- Utrecht (2,441 traffic accidents)
- Haarlemmermeer (1,858 traffic accidents)
At provincial level, most traffic accidents were registered in South Holland (26,056), followed by North Holland (16,592) and North Brabant (14,168).
Compared to the number of inhabitants, the risk of an accident is greatest in the Noord-Holland region of Ouder-Amstel. Last year 24 traffic accidents were reported here per thousand inhabitants. The rural is at 5.9. The number of accidents per thousand inhabitants is also high in the municipalities of Midden-Delfland (18.8), Eemnes (158) and Oostzaan (15.1).
It is striking that more than half (50.2 percent) of the registered traffic accidents in which the type of road is also known, occurred on a straight road. These were mainly rear-end collisions and accidents in which vehicles were struck in the side. Traffic accidents at intersections (22.8 percent) were also common last year.