18.000 victims due to weather
From November 28 to December 31, 18.000 people in the Netherlands had to go to the emergency room after accidents caused by weather.
According to the Consumer Safety Institute (Consument en Veiligheid), in 70 percent of all accidents, victims were walking, cycling or driving (motorcycle or moped), while 14 percent of them had to be hospitalised.
Note that compared to the same period last year, the percentage of accidents of cyclists and moped riders has fallen to 14 percent from 25 percent.
› Costs for medical treatment rose to approximately 50 million euros
› Almost half of the patients were 55 years old or more
› 60 percent of all accidents led to fractures
› 15 percent of all incidents took place around the house or in the garden
› No death accidents were reported