A report from the Icelandic Transport Authority, published yesterday, reveals that 16 people lost their lives in traffic accidents in Iceland last year. That is 66 percent above the average of the previous five years. In 2014, four people died in car accidents, which is the lowest number of annual fatalities on record.
Of those who died in traffic accidents last year, there were 12 men and four women. Five of the deceased were foreign tourists.
The number of those seriously injured remained similar in the past three years, or 177-178, but was lower in 2011 and 2012, or 154 and 136 respectively. The number people who received minor injuries has increased considerably since 2014, or from 991 to 1,130. The combined number of those who died and those who were seriously injured increased by 13 percent from 2014 to 2015.