In 2021, the Netherlands recorded an estimated 6,800 serious road injuries, a figure similar to 2020 but lower than the upward trend observed until 2019. The decrease in 2020 and 2021 is likely due to COVID-19 social distancing measures resulting in less traffic.
Serious road injuries in the Netherlands are defined as those requiring hospitalization with a severity of MAIS3+ and not resulting in death within 30 days of the crash. The 2021 data represents 20,500 years lived with disability (YLD), with 71% of the seriously injured being cyclists. Over half of the injured were aged 60 or over, and 17% were aged 80 or over.
Read more in the updated fact sheet 'Serious road injuries in the Netherlands'.