Motor caravans can be classified as extremely safe, both in terms of the absolute number of accidents as well as accident risks related to driving performance.
Back in 2013, the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) had already established that accidents involving motor caravans are very rare. A broad-based study shed light not only on trends in the number of accidents involving motor caravans in the period from 2000 to 2010, but also the classification of the accidents. In 2019, motor caravans were involved in only 0.2 per cent of accidents leading to personal injury.
The accident statistics for passenger car-caravan combinations and motor caravans have been analysed on an annual basis by the Federal Highway Research Institute since 1997. Similar to previous years, these statistics are at a very low level.
Every death on the road is one too many. A look at the consequences of the accidents demonstrates the significantly higher road safety of leisure vehicles, even in comparison with passenger cars. Of the 2,167 fatally injured vehicle drivers and passengers in 2019, only two were occupants of a motor caravan. One person died in a car-caravan combination. With just 0.05 per cent of all accidents resulting in personal injuries, passenger car-caravan combinations are involved in even fewer accidents than motor caravans by a significant margin. The strong growth in the number of motor caravans on the road over the last few years has not led to a significant increase in the number of injuries and deaths. Quite the opposite: it is encouraging to see that the number of deaths among drivers and passengers of motor caravans has been decreasing for some years.