The backbone of the road network for long-distance traffic in Germany is formed by its autobahns, which have a total length of 13,000 km. Based on an average daily traffic volume of almost 50,000 vehicles and around 230 billion vehicle kilometers driven annually, autobahns are the safest roads in Germany. Nevertheless, significant numbers of accidents can occur at slip... Mehr lesen.

Rural roads

Depending on the road authority or public agency responsible for them, these may be federal highways (Bundesstraßen), state highways (Landesstraßen and Staatsstraßen), district highways (Kreisstraßen) or municipal roads (Gemeindestraßen). The majority of fatal accidents on German roads occur on roads outside built-up areas. Collisions with trees, motorcycle accidents and... Mehr lesen.

Urban roads

Urban roads have to meet a wide variety of requirements. On the one hand, they have to be capable of handling the required volume of motor traffic. On the other, urban roads are also used by non-motorized road users and people with limited mobility. Urban roads therefore have to allow everyone, from small children to the aged, to get around on foot or by bicycle or car.

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In urban areas almost every second injured or killed person in road accidents is registered at intersections. On rural roads the corresponding figure is still 36%. This reveals the particular importance of traffic safety issues at intersections. A key aspect on this topic is the safe design of the traffic infrastructure. At intersections often high numbers of road users... Mehr lesen.

Cycling facilities

The volume of cycling traffic in German cities continues to rise. However, more cycling traffic also means more conflicts with cyclists and more accidents involving cyclists. Cyclists account for one in eight fatalities and one in five serious injuries on German roads. To improve the safety of cycling and ensure that this improvement is sustained in the future, a wide... Mehr lesen.

Pedestrian facilities

Pedestrians are in particular danger on the roads. In 2015, pedestrians accounted for one in six fatalities among road users. Around two-thirds of them were killed in accidents in built-up areas. They are most at risk when crossing roads and at intersections. Traffic lights, zebra crossings or central islands can improve the safety of pedestrians when crossing the road,... Mehr lesen.