Accidents happen every day, though in the majority of cases, drivers have the power to prevent them.

The majority of road crashes are caused by human error.  Research has shown that driver error accounts for over 80% of all fatal and injury crashes on Irish roads

The main causes of death and personal injury on Irish roads remain speeding, drink driving and non-wearing of seat-belts.


SPEED is the single biggest factor contributing to road deaths in Ireland. Over 40% of fatal collisions are caused by excessive or inappropriate speed.

A 5km/h difference in speed could be the difference between life and death for a vulnerable road user like a pedestrian.

  • Hit by a car at 60km/h, 9 out of 10 pedestrians will be killed
  • Hit by a car at 50km/h, 5 out of 10 pedestrians will be killed
  • Hit by a car at 30km/h, 1 out of 10 pedestrians will be killed

Speed has been identified as a key risk factor in road traffic personal injuries, influencing both the risk of a road crash as well as the severity of the personal injuries that result from crashes.

Controlling vehicle speed can prevent crashes happening and can reduce the impact when they do occur, lessening the severity of the personal injuries sustained by the victims.

Drink driving

Drink driving is one of the most highly publicised causes of road accidents. There is a regular stream of expensive advertising campaigns to warn us of the dangers of drink driving.

Alcohol consumption is a significant road safety issue in Ireland and is a factor in 38% of all deaths on Irish roads, as well as many other collisions resulting in personal injuries.

Even in small amounts, alcohol impairs driving ability and any amount of alcohol increases the risk of involvement in a road traffic collision.

The safest thing is simply, don’t drink and drive. Ever.

You’ve too much to lose.

Seat belts

Each year in Ireland, many people are hurt, seriously injured or killed on our roads and much of this injury and many of the deaths would not occur if drivers and passengers were adequately restrained by safety belts or child restraint systems (CRS). There is a legal obligation to be restrained and this applies to drivers and passengers. Furthermore, there is an additional onus on drivers to ensure that persons under 17 are suitably restrained while they are in charge of the vehicle.