In the second quarter of 2023, road traffic accidents in Malta increased slightly compared to the same period in the previous year, totalling 4,264 reported cases.
However, despite the rise in accidents, road traffic casualties decreased by 2.4% to 444 during the same period.
Among these casualties, four fatalities were reported, with two drivers and two passengers losing their lives in separate incidents.
The majority of those grievously injured were males (80.4%), and the fatalities included three males and one female. The age bracket with the highest percentage of casualties was individuals aged 26 to 40, making up 37.4% of the total.
Passenger cars were involved in the largest number of road traffic casualties (54.1%), followed by motorcycles (30.4%) and goods-carrying vehicles (4.3%).
Cyclists were involved in four traffic accidents, resulting in three slight injuries and one grievous injury.
Accidents between vehicles accounted for the majority of road traffic casualties, making up 68.7% of the total.
The highest number of road traffic casualties occurred on Fridays, with 74 reported cases, while the highest number of accidents took place on Tuesdays, with 690 cases or 16.2% of the total.
Most accidents occurred between 12:00 and 14:59, comprising 22.7% of the total, followed closely by the 09:00-11:59 time bracket with 876 cases.
The least number of daily accidents occurred between 03:00 and 05:59, with 69 cases.
Birkirkara registered the highest incidence of road traffic accidents with 278 cases, followed by Ħal Qormi and San Pawl il-Baħar with 238 and 212 cases, respectively.
Ta’ Kerċem and Il-Fontana reported less than five road traffic accidents each. The Northern Harbour district recorded the highest number of accidents, accounting for 36.4% of all incidents.