The latest reports from the European Commission on Road Safety trends, statistics and challenges show that Romania is one of the European countries with the highest number of road fatalities, along with Latvia, Poland and Lithuania. 92 fatalities per each million inhabitants were registered in Romania in 2013, out of which the greatest number of accidents occurred on urban roads, followed by rural roads, and then highways. The European average is 52 fatalities/million inhabitants.

The other 3 European countries with the highest number of fatalities registered were 86 fatalities/million inhabitants in Latvia, 87 fatalities/million inhabitants in Poland and 85 fatalities/million inhabitants in Lithuania. At the other end, the countries with the lowest number of fatalities per million inhabitants were Sweden (28) and the United Kingdom (29).

“The lesson we can draw from this study is that Romanians on the roads need as much protection as possible. A private health insurance policy can be of help, offering free hospitalization and the best medical care available. Furthermore, there is accident cover that can offer care for different types of accidents, partial and total disability. Certain policies also come with death benefits h. One of the accident policies available in Romania is the MediHelp Accident Cover, an insurance plan that comes with an extended coverage time of 2 years in case of temporary disability and compensation of up to €2,000/month. In addition, the policy offers a maximum pay out of €100,000 Euros in case of death, permanent total disablement or loss of an eye or limb” says Zahal Levy, President of MediHelp International.

The European Commission study also shows that slightly more than 26,000 road fatalities were reported in the EU, which means a decrease of around 8% compared to 2012. Furthermore, during the past few years two main improvements have been seen for young road users and for car occupants. The numbers of young victims (aged 18-24) decreased by 19%, while the percentage reduction for elderly road users (above 65 years) was only 2% for the same period. Also, the number of car occupants killed has decreased by 13% from 2010 to 2012.