UK Road Traffic Accident Statistics

In June of every year the Department of Transport publishes its statistics about personal injury road traffic accidents in the previous year.  The report details how many people were killed or injured in road traffic accidents in the United Kingdom.  It makes for sobering reading.

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In 2009 there were a total of 222,146 reported casualties on our roads.  Of those, 2,222 people were killed, 24,690 were seriously injured and 195,234 were only slightly injured.  In England in 2009, road accidents resulted in 39,000 admissions to hospital.  These numbers seem very high, but it is heartening to know that the number of deaths and injuries has decreased over the years, even though the number of cars on the road has increased by 15% since 1998.

The average number of accidents in the years 1994-1998 was much higher than it is today.  The number of those killed in 2009 showed a 38% decrease from those in the average year between 1994-1998.  Furthermore, the national campaigns against drink driving have been very successful: deaths due to drink-driving are now less than a quarter of what they were in 1979, when 1,640 died as a result of drink related accidents.  In 2009, only 380 people were killed in drink-driving accidents.

Where are the worst areas for road traffic accidents?

Slough has an accident rate 41% above the national average, possibly due to its congested road system.  Bradford and Birmingham take second and third prize, probably due to the large amount of traffic in those areas.  Not surprisingly London and Manchester are near the top of the league of road traffic accidents.

The best places to go to avoid a road accident include Belfast, Bangor, Swansea and Aberdeen.  One may think that these are all wet and windy places, but it seems that drivers in these areas are more careful than most.

What are the biggest causes of car accidents?

38% of all car accidents were caused (at least partly) by the failure to look properly.  Driver error or slow reactions contributed to four out of five accidents, and losing control of the car contributed to 36% of all fatal car accidents.

Interestingly, speeding was only a factor in 5% of all car accidents.

What can I do if I have a road traffic accident?

Not only can you damage your car, but even a ‘slight injury’ can result in large medical bills, or mean you have to take time off work and lose earnings.  Injuries sustained in a car accident can range from whiplash, cuts and bruises to paralysis.  If the accident is not your fault then you may have a claim for compensation.  Contact us at Manners Pimblett where we will offer you a consultation free of charge and we can assess your eligibility to make a claim.   We offer NO WIN NO FEE* agreements on personal injury matters, call one of our experts today for more information. 0845 0770772.

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