Reported Road Casualties Great Britain 2014

  • Published: Department for Transport, 2015
  • Authors: Department for Transport
  • Date Added: 09 Oct 2015
  • Last Update: 09 Oct 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 2014:

  • 28 people were killed, 196 seriously injured and 901 slightly injured in reported road accidents in Great Britain in which illegal, defective or under inflated tyres were recorded as a contributory factor by the police officers investigating the scene.

  • 22 fatal accidents, 146 serious accidents and 546 reported road accidents in total involved Illegal, Defective or Under Inflated Tyres,

  • Over the 6 year period from 2009 to 2014, 137 people were killed in accidents in which the police judged the condition of the vehicle tyres to have been a contributory factor.

  • 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.

   2009 2010 2011  2012  2013  2014 
 Accidents            
Fatal  17 (1%)  15 (1%)  26 (2%)   22 (1%)   17 (1%)  22 (1%)
Serious  165 (1%)  144 (1%)  140 (1%)  140 (1%)   122 (1%)  146 (1%)
 All  860 (1%)   746 (1%)  709 (1%)   765 (1%)  517 (1%)  546 (1%)
             
 Casualties            
 Fatal  20 (1%)  18 (1%)  28 (2%)  25 (2%)  18 (1%)  28 (2%)
 Serious  196 (1%)   172 (1%)  177 (1%)  169 (1%)  158 (1%)  196 (1%)
 All  1,168 (1%)  1,020 (1%)  931 (1%)  1,044 (1%)  792 (1%)    901 (1%)

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