Reported Road Casualties Great Britain: 2014

  • Published: Department for Transport (DfT) (2015)
  • Authors: Department for Transport (DfT)
  • Date Added: 09 Oct 2015
  • Last Update: 09 Oct 2015
  • Format: pdf

Objectives:        

To report on the yearly situation of personal injury accidents, the resulting casualties and contributing factors in Great Britain.

Methodology:    

Statistics in the report are mostly based on accidents reported to the police through the STATS19 system.

Key Findings:       

The main findings of the report include:

  • In 2014, there were a total of 194,477 casualties of all severities in road accidents reported to the police.

    • This represents a 6% increase from 2013.

  • The number of fatalities fell for all road user types, with the exception of bus, coach and lorry users.

  • Nearly three quarters of the increase in road deaths in 2014 were older (aged 60 or over) pedestrians.

  • Over all the user groups combined, the number of older people killed on the roads increased from 459 in 2013 to 535 in 2014, an increase of 16.6%.

  • As well as an increase of 45 older pedestrian fatalities, there were more older fatalities in every road user group except bus occupants and goods vehicle occupants.

  • The number of older car occupant deaths increased by 7.6% (18 fatalities) and older pedal cyclist fatalities increased by 7 people to 32 deaths.

  • There were 4,026 seriously injured casualties aged 60 or over in 2014, up 11% from 2013. This is the highest number since 2003.

  • Most of the increases in seriously injured casualties were of car occupants.

  • The total value of prevention of reported road accidents in 2014 was estimated to be over £16 billion.      

Comments: 

As the data is based on police reports, damage-only accidents with no human casualties are not included in the report.

Mortality, survey and hospital data are also used to compliment police reports and provide a wider context.

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