The Finnish Crash Data Institute (OTI) works to prevent road accidents in Finland
The number of road accidents in Finland has decreased, but traffic still continues to pose a serious threat to the health and property of citizens. Every year, more than 100,000 accidents are reported to insurance companies. Thousands of people die or sustain injuries in traffic every year.
OTI provides important information that can be used to improve traffic safety at both legislative and practical levels. The institute operates as an independent unit within the Finnish Motor Insurers' Centre.
OTI coordinates independent investigations of fatal road accidents and administers the data collected from them. In addition to this data, OTI receives comprehensive road accident statistics from insurance companies. The amount and quality of the statistical data are unique by international standards.
OTI's information service related to the data is offered free of charge. Additionally, several reports on accidents investigated by road accident investigation teams as well as annual road accident statistics are published every year.
The accident data is utilised to improve traffic safety in a very concrete manner. The data is made available for the purposes of scientific and statistical research, both in Finland and abroad. OTI also publishes the research reports it supports through grants and research contracts. OTI's impartial research data keeps the authorities responsible for traffic safety up to date with current developments.