Reported Road Casualties Great Britain 2013

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

Objectives:

To provide insight into why and how road accidents occur.

Methodology:

Analysis of contributory factors assigned to reported road accidents by police officers attending the accident scenes.

Key Findings:

In 2013:

  • 18 people were killed, 158 seriously injured and 792 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.

  • 17 fatal accidents, 122 serious accidents and 517 reported road accidents in total involved Illegal, Defective or Under Inflated Tyres,

  • Over the 6 year period from 2008 to 2013, 145 people were killed in accidents in which the police judged the condition of the vehicle tyres to have been a contributory factor.

Accidents            
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Fatal 34 (2%) 17 (1%) 15 (1%) 26 (2%) 22 (1%) 17 (1%)
Serious 171 (1%) 165 (1%) 144 (1%) 140 (1%) 140 (1%) 122 (1%)
All 928 (1%) 860 (1%) 746 (1%) 709 (1%) 765 (1%) 517 (1%)
Casualties            
Fatal 36 (2%) 20 (1%) 18 (1%) 28 (2%) 25 (2%) 18 (1%)
Serious 228 (1%) 196 (1%) 172 (1%) 177 (1%) 169 (1%) 158 (1%)
All 1,168 (1%) 1,168 (1%) 1,020 (1%)

931 (1%)

1,044 (1%)

792 (1%)
  • Around 1% 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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