Reported Road Casualties Great Britain: 2014 Annual Report

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

Objectives:

The Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain (RRCGB) Annual Report: 2014 presents detailed statistics about the circumstances of personal injury RTIs, including the types of vehicles involved, the resulting casualties and factors which may contribute to RTIs.

Methodology:

Most of the statistics in the report are based on information about RTIs reported to the police. However, other sources such as mortality, survey and hospital data are also used as well as population and traffic data to provide a wider context.

Key Findings:

In 2014:

  • 42,182 (28%) of all reported accidents occurred in wet surface conditions.

  • 1,898 (1%) of all reported accidents occurred in icy or snowy surface conditions.

  • Poor weather has a strong influence on exposure. In severe conditions, such as widespread heavy snowfall (as happened at both the start and end of 2010) people can postpone or cancel journeys, or switch to safer modes of transport (e.g. pedal and motorcyclists moving to other vehicle types, or road users switching to rail instead).

  • In less severe, but still unpleasant weather, such as windy or wet conditions, some road users, especially vulnerable road users such as pedal and motorcyclists and pedestrians, tend to switch to safer enclosed modes, such as cars and buses.

  • 2014 was much warmer, and was the warmest year on record at 1°C above the long term average. It was also one of the wettest years; the fourth wettest year, behind 2000, 2012 and 1954.

  • These weather patterns might partly explain some of the increases in casualties. The combination of warm and dry weather in September is estimated to have led to 19 more killed vulnerable road users than if temperature and rainfall had been average.

Comments:

Annual reported road casualty report from DfT.

Free