Reported Road Casualties Great Britain: 2013 Annual Report

  • Published: Department for Transport, September 2014
  • Authors: Department for Transport
  • Date Added: 06 Jan 2015
  • Last Update: 06 Jan 2015
  • Format: pdf


To present detailed statistics regarding the circumstances of personal injury road accidents, including the types of vehicles involved, the resulting casualties, and factors which may contribute to the accidents.


Majority of statistics in the report are based on information about accidents reported to the police. The contributory factor system allows the recording of up to 6 factors in injury road accidents where the police attended the scene of the accident. It should be borne in mind that the contributory factors are largely subjective and dependent upon the skill and experience of the reporting police officer. Evidence is required to support the officer’s opinion, so some contributory factors may be less likely to be reported than others.

Key Findings:

  • In 2013 excessive or inappropriate speed was a contributory factor to 458 road deaths, 27 per cent of the total. Sixteen per cent of fatalities (249) had ‘exceeding the speed limit' as a contributory factor in the accident, and a further 13 per cent (209) had a vehicle ‘travelling too fast for the conditions’.

  • At least one of ‘exceeding the speed limit’ and ‘travelling too fast for the conditions’ was reported in 9 per cent of all accidents and these accidents accounted for 27 per cent of all fatalities.· In 2013, ‘exceeding the speed limit’ was a contributory factor in 4,753 (4 per cent) of reported road accidents and inappropriate speed in a further 7,477 (7 per cent).


National statistics.