IDB Austria

Initiative details

The IDB closes several very important gaps, left open by other road accident data which are mostly provide by police units called to the scene of an accident.

1) The IDB provides data for single party accidents, where no police might be involved. Most notably bike accidents.
2) Some accidents are not classified as traffic accidents but are closely related. These peripheral accidents are shown in the IDB. For instance, accidents in public transportation are not consider traffic accidents unless a transport vehicle is directly involved. Accidents occurring on the entrance to a subway station, or the escalator are still problematic though and can be shown with our data.
3) The IDB is set up in a way that we can look at comparatively small portions of traffic accidents in detail. This allows us to react to emerging phenomena such as E-scooter accidents.

Initiative date


Who was/is your target audience?

Policy makers
Public authorities
Emergency services
Public transport


Create awareness
Education in school or in community organizations
Provide alternative solutions

Organisation details

Austrian Road Safety Board (KFV)

Contact name

Carl Neumayr

Telephone number

+43 5 770 77 – 1655

Website link

Project activities

If you work together with external partners, list the most important partners and briefly describe their role.

There are 15 hospitals to this date that participate in the IDB by allowing us to conduct interviews there. “Große schützen Kleine” is a research center for child safety at the „Universitätsklinikum Graz“ and provides us with information about accidents involving children. The “Federal Ministry for Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection” supports the project with a financial grant.

Please describe the project activities you carried/are carrying out and the time period over which these were implemented.

The IDB collects data via detailed interviews in waiting areas for outpatients in hospitals. Every year about 15.000 interviews are conducted in 15 different hospitals. This allows for detailed accounts of the reasons for the accident. In 1996 the “European Home and Leisure Accident Surveillance System“ was implemented. In 2007 the IDB was created to include all other kinds of accidents: Traffic, transport, work and school, home, leisure, and sports. Ever since, the IDB has been improved and adopted to new challenges while still maintaining long-term comparability. Currently there are no plans to stop this project.


What has been the effect of the activities?

The KFV has in the past proposed several road safety measures that have been adapted into the law.The collection of data has been a staple source of information contributing to the development of such measures. The flexibility and depth of the IDB closes the gap that traditional register data leave open. Educating the population about potential risks helps make our streets saver on our way to vision zero.

Please briefly explain why your initiative is a good example of improving road safety.

In an age of ever-growing digitalization, it becomes evident for the data scientist, that there is still a lot of information missing. The more versatile our sources of information, the better is our understanding of how accidents occur and how they can be prevented. And while sadly not all accidents might be preventable our data also helps to reduce the severity of accident consequences.

How have you shared information about your project and its results?

The KFV publishes an annual overview report of the data and findings of the IDB on its website.
There are numerous press conferences and press releases related to the IDB data.
The KFV further uses the IDB data for a broad variety of studies and scientific projects.

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