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The cost of road accidents nears 3 percent of Poland’s GDP and exceeded 40 bn zlotys (€10 bn) in 2013, headlines Rzeczpospolita quoting the most recent report by the National Council for Road Traffic Safety (KRBRD). The council’s forecast for 2014 is even dimmer as the losses are set to surpass 50 bn zlotys.

It is particularly worrying that costs are on the rise while the number of accidents has been declining in recent years. The daily explains that –

There are less accidents but they are more serious which leads to higher medical costs. Moreover, a rising number of victims is employed resulting in higher losses for the economy.