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Road Traffic Accidents: Q4/2022
NR039/2023
Release Date: 03 March 2023
During the fourth quarter of 2022, road traffic accidents and casualties increased when compared to the same quarter of the previous year. Road traffic fatalities amounted to seven.
The number of reported traffic accidents during the fourth quarter of 2022 reached 3,816, up by 3.2 per cent over the same period in 2021. The Northern Harbour district registered the most accidents with 1,297 cases or 34.0 per cent of all accidents (Table 1). Road traffic casualties increased by 0.5 per cent to 381 over the same period in 2021. Grievously injured persons amounted to 84, and consisted of 52 drivers, 5 passengers and 27 pedestrians/cyclists/others. The injuries suffered by three drivers and four pedestrians proved fatal (Tables 4 – 6). During this quarter, two more fatalities occurred when compared to the same period in 2021 (Chart 1). The majority of those grievously injured were males (73.8 per cent). Moreover, five of the fatalities that occurred during this quarter involved males while the two other fatalities involved females. 34.9 per cent of the casualties involved persons in the 26 to 40 age-bracket (Table 5).

Chart 1. Road traffic accidents and fatalities by period

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The largest number of road traffic casualties (54.9 per cent) involved passenger cars, followed by motorcycles (32.0 per cent) and goods-carrying vehicles (7.3 per cent). The seven fatalities included two drivers colliding vehicle with vehicle, a vehicle crashing into a property killing the driver and four pedestrians being hit by a vehicle. Cyclists involved in traffic accidents amounted to 11, where two suffered insignificant injuries, five suffered slight injuries and four suffered grievous injuries (Tables 6-7). Road traffic casualties resulting from accidents between vehicles topped the list with 67.5 per cent of all road traffic casualties (Table 7).

The highest number of road traffic casualties occurred on Wednesdays with 72 casualties, and the highest number of road traffic accidents also occurred on Wednesdays with 614 cases or 16.1 per cent of the total (Table 8). The time bracket during which most road traffic accidents occurred was 09:00 – 11:59 with 853 cases or 22.4 per cent of the total, followed by the 12:00 – 14:59 time bracket with 850 cases. The least number of accidents occurring daily took place between 03:00 – 05:59 with 62 cases (Table 9).

The highest incidence of road traffic accidents was registered in Birkirkara with 246 cases, followed by Ħal Qormi and Il-Mosta, with 201 and 193 cases respectively (Table 10, Map 1 and Chart 5).

L-Imtarfa, Il-Munxar, Ta’ Kerċem, San Lawrenz and L-Għasri registered less than five road traffic accidents while Il-Fontana did not register any road traffic accidents (Map 1 and Table 10).

Map 1. Road traffic accidents by locality: October-December 2022

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The Northern Harbour and Northern districts recorded a decrease in road traffic accidents, while the other districts recorded increases in road traffic accidents, when compared to the fourth quarter of the previous year. The Southern Harbour district registered the highest percentage increase in road traffic accidents at 16.9 per cent, followed by the South Eastern district at 11.7 per cent (Table 1 and Map 2).

Map 2. Percentage change in road traffic accidents by district: October-December 2022/2021

Map 2 Updated

Note: In the Northern district, percentage decrease in road traffic accidents was negligible.

Annual Perspective

The number of fatalities during 2022 reached 28, up by 19 when compared to the previous year. In 2022, 1,341 injury accidents were reported, a 5.2 per cent increase (66 accidents) when compared to 2021. Moreover, 14,372 non-injury accidents were reported, an 11.8 per cent increase (1,512 accidents) when compared to the previous year (Tables 2-3). The second quarter of 2022 recorded the highest number of accidents (4,240) while the first quarter of 2022 recorded the highest number of fatalities (9) (Chart 1).

Additional Tables and Charts

Chart 2. Road traffic casualties by age group and gender: October-December 2022

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Chart 3. Percentage distribution of road traffic casualties by day of the week

October-December 2022

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Note: Totals may not add up due to rounding

Chart 4. Road traffic accidents by time bracket and day of the week

October-December 2022

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Chart 5. Top 10 localities for road traffic accidents

October-December 2022

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Methodological Notes

1. Road traffic accidents data is compiled from administrative information provided by the Police Department and the Malta Insurance Association (Guard and Warden Service House Limited).

2. Definitions:

a. Total road traffic accidents consist of the road traffic accidents involving casualties (Police reports) and the minor road traffic accidents without casualties (Police and Warden reports).

b. Non-injury (minor) road traffic accidents refer to accidents assessed by Wardens and/or the Police involving at least one vehicle and in which no persons are injured. Non-injury road traffic accidents which are either not reported or directly reported to Insurance Agencies by means of the Traffic Accident Form (i.e. where no Police or Wardens are called on the accident scene and are settled by the completion of the relevant form) are not accounted for.

c. Insignificant injury is determined by the Police as the sustaining of a very minimal injury (e.g. bruise, scratch, etc.) or shock due to accident which, in most cases, requires very basic treatment or no treatment at all.

d. The definition of slight injury is as listed in Art. 221 et sequitur of the Criminal Code, Chapter 9 of the Laws of Malta.

e. The definition of grievous injury is as listed in Art. 216 et sequitur of the Criminal Code, Chapter 9 of the Laws of Malta.

f. UNECE defines road fatal injury as: “Any person who was killed outright or who died within 30 days as a result of the accident”.

3. The casualty-to-accident ratio indicates the risk level of suffering an injury in an accident. Therefore, a higher percentage rate means that the corresponding accidents were more serious (i.e. more persons were injured).

4. Data is subject to revision.

5. More information relating to this news release may be accessed at:

Sources and Methods
Statistical Concepts 
LAU Classification
NUTS Classification

6. References to this news release are to be cited appropriately.

7. Statistics in this News Release should be interpreted in the context of the COVID-19 situation.

8. A detailed news release calendar is available online.

Road Traffic Accidents: Q4/2022
NR039/2023
Release Date: 03 March 2023
Road Traffic Accidents: Q4/2022
  • During the fourth quarter of 2022, there were seven road traffic fatalities, involving five males and two females
  • During Q4_2022, road traffic accidents and casualties increased by 3.2 and 0.5 per cent respectively when compared to the same period in 2021
  • In Q4_2022, the highest number of road traffic accidents occurred on Wednesdays with 614 cases or 16.1 per cent of the total
  • Birkirkara registered the highest number of road traffic accidents at 246 cases
Map 1. Graphical Illustration of MALTA by LAU1 Classification
Map REgions

Districts classification

Southern Harbour

Bormla; Il-Fgura; Il-Furjana; Ħal Luqa; Ħaż-Żabbar; Il-Kalkara; Il-Marsa; Raħal Ġdid; Santa Luċija; L-Isla; Ħal Tarxien; Valletta; Il-Birgu; Ix-Xgħajra.

Northern Harbour Birkirkara; Il-Gżira; Ħal Qormi; Il-Ħamrun; L-Imsida; Pembroke; San Ġwann; Santa Venera; San Ġiljan; Is-Swieqi; Ta’ Xbiex; Tal-Pietà; Tas-Sliema.

South Eastern

Birżebbuġa; Il-Gudja; Ħal Għaxaq; Ħal Kirkop; Ħal Safi; Marsaskala; Marsaxlokk; L-Imqabba; Il-Qrendi; Iz-Żejtun; iz-Żurrieq.

Western

Ħad-Dingli; Ħal Balzan; Ħal Lija; Ħ’Attard; Ħaż-Żebbuġ; L-Iklin; L-Imdina; L-Imtarfa; Ir-Rabat; Is-Siġġiewi.

Northern

Ħal Għargħur; Il-Mellieħa; L-Imġarr; Il-Mosta; In-Naxxar; San Pawl Il-Baħar.

Gozo and Comino

Il-Fontana; Għajnsielem and Comino; L-Għarb; L-Għasri; Il-Munxar; In-Nadur; Il-Qala; San Lawrenz; Ta’ Kerċem; Ta’ Sannat; Ir-Rabat; Ix-Xagħra; Ix-Xewkija; Iż-Żebbuġ.

Graphical Illustration of MALTA by LAU2 Classification
Methodological Map
Key
1 Valletta 18 Il-Furjana 35 Marsaskala 52 San Ġiljan
2 L-Imdina 19 Il-Fontana 36 Marsaxlokk 53 San Ġwann
3 Il-Birgu 20 Il-Gudja 37 Il-Mellieħa 54 San Lawrenz
4 L-Isla 21 Il-Gżira 38 L-Imġarr 55 San Pawl Il-Baħar
5 Bormla 22 Għajnsielem and Comino 39 Il-Mosta 56 Ta' Sannat
6 Ħal Qormi 23 L-Għarb 40 L-Imqabba 57 Santa Luċija
7 Ħaż-Żebbuġ 24 Ħal Għargħur 41 L-Imsida 58 Santa Venera
8 Ħaż-Żabbar 25 L-Għasri 42 Il-Munxar 59 Tas-Sliema
9 Is-Siġġiewi 26 Ħal Għaxaq 43 In-Nadur 60 Is-Swieqi
10 Iż-Żejtun 27 Il-Ħamrun 44 In-Naxxar 61 Ta' Xbiex
11 Ir-Rabat, Għawdex 28 L-Iklin 45 Raħal Ġdid 62 Ħal Tarxien
12 Ħ'Attard 29 Il-Kalkara 46 Pembroke 63 Ix-Xagħra
13 Ħal Balzan 30 Ta' Kerċem 47 Tal-Pieta' 64 Ix-Xewkija
14 Birkirkara 31 Ħal Kirkop 48 Il-Qala 65 Ix-Xgħajra
15 Birżebbuġa 32 Ħal Lija 49 Il-Qrendi 66 Iż-Żebbuġ, Għawdex
16 Ħad-Dingli 33 Ħal Luqa 50 Ir-Rabat, Malta 67 Iż-Żurrieq
17 Il-Fgura 34 Il-Marsa 51 Ħal Safi 68 L-Imtarfa
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