Contributory Factors to Reported Road Accidents 2012 (in Reported Road Casualties Great Britain 2012)

  • Published: Department for Transport, 2013
  • Authors: Department for Transport
  • Date Added: 02 Jun 2014
  • Last Update: 02 Jun 2014
  • Format: pdf

In 2012:

  • 25 people were killed, 169 seriously injured and 1,044 slightly injured in road accidents in Great Britain in which illegal, defective or under inflated tyres were regarded as being a contributory factor by the police officers investigating the scene.

  • 34 fatal accidents, 171 serious accidents and 928 reported road accidents in total Involved Illegal, Defective or Under Inflated Tyres,

  • Over the 5 year period from 2008 to 2012, 127 people were killed in accidents in which the police judged the condition of the vehicle tyres to have been a contributory factor. 

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Accidents          
 Fatal   34 (2%)  17 (1%)   15 (1%)   26 (2%)  22 (1%)
 Serious  171 (1%)  165 (1%)  144 (1%)  140 (1%)  140 (1%)
 All  928 (1%)  860 (1%)   746 (1%)  709 (1%)   765 (1%)
 Casualties          
 Fatal  36 (2%)  20 (1%)  18 (1%)   28 (2%)  25 (2%)
 Serious  228 (1%)  196 (1%)  172 (1%)  177 (1%)  169 (1%)
 Slight  1,168 (1%)  1,168 (1%)  1,020 (1%)  931 (1%)  1,044 (1%)
  • Around 2% of fatal road accidents and casualties over this period had tyre defects recorded as a contributory factor, as did around 1% of serious and slight injury reported accidents and casualties.

  • Contributory factors are largely subjective, reflecting the opinion of the reporting police officer, and are not necessarily the result of extensive investigation. Some factors are less likely to be recorded. Subsequent enquiries could lead to the reporting officer changing his/her opinion.

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