Car accidents, among the biggest fears of Romanians

Romania is at the bottom of the EU ranking in terms of the number of deaths from road accidents. It is not surprising that car accidents are among the biggest fears of Romanians, according to a UNSAR-IRES survey.

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If last year Romanians were most afraid that a fire would endanger their agony (60%), this year the biggest fear of Romanians is the possibility of a new financial crisis. No less than 67% of respondents mentioned this fear during the survey. The danger of illness, the second indicated last year on the list of Romanians’ fears (58%), this year only passed on the fourth place (56% of respondents).

According to the latest edition of the UNSAR-IRES Barometer on Risk Perception and Insurance Culture in Romania (2021), road accidents remain a constant presence in the top of the biggest fears of Romanians. While last year the risk of car accidents was mentioned in the second position, equal to that of illness (58%), this year it moved to the third position, but with a higher percentage of concern (62%).

Car accidents, among the biggest fears of Romanians. However, it circulates chaotically

Even if Romanians clearly perceive the risks of a car accident, a sign that they are aware of the high probability of having such an accident, this does not change their behavior in traffic much. Romania ranks last in the EU in the number of deaths in road accidents, with an average of 85 deaths per million inhabitants. The figure is more than twice the EU average, which is 42 deaths per million inhabitants.

In Romania, 1,646 people died last year as a result of road accidents, according to the figures communicated by the Police. The figure represents almost 10% of all road accident deaths recorded in 2020 throughout the European Union. The downside is that only 4% of the EU population lives in Romania, which is a catastrophic difference.

The top of the risks that Romanians fear is completed by fire (62%, up from 60% in 2020), diseases (56%, down from 58%), natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods or landslides (54 %, as in 2020), theft (51%, compared to 56%), severe weather (48%, up from 47%) and other accidents, such as domestic accidents (48%, compared to 45% in 2020).

A brief look at the chart above highlights another feature of Romanians. Specifically, a remarkable percentage of about 15% are not afraid of anything – “good God” was not listed as an answer.

IRES-UNSAR Barometer on Risk Perception and Insurance Culture in Romania was conducted on a sample of 1,336 respondents aged 18-50 in May 2021.

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