Reported Road Casualties Great Britain 2014 Annual Report

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

Objectives:

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

Methodology:

Majority of the statistics in the report are based on information about collisions reported to the police.

Key Findings

  • Pedal cyclists accounted for 11% of all road casualties in 2014, 6% of road deaths, 15% of serious injuries and 10% of slight injuries.

  • Pedal cyclist deaths have fallen over the long term, but have fluctuated between roughly 100 and 120 over the last seven years.

  • In 2014, 113 pedal cyclist were killed, a 4% increase from 2013.

  • The number of pedal cyclists seriously injured also rose, by 8% to 3,401.

  • The total number of pedal cyclist casualties in road accidents in 2014 was 21,287, up 10% from the 2013.

  • Males make up more than 80% of pedal cyclist casualties. Of the 113 pedal cyclist fatalities in 2014, 18% were female and 82% male.

  • Reporting rates for pedal cyclists are lower than for other road users, and pedal cyclist non-fatal casualties are amongst the most likely to be underreported, especially where the pedal cycle was the only vehicle in the accident.

  • On-road pedal cycle traffic rose by 3.8% to 3.25 billion vehicle miles in 2014. Cycle traffic has risen by 27% since 2007, and cyclist casualties have risen by 31% over the same period.

  • It is likely that the increase in cycling has resulted in more accidents as cyclist become more exposed to motor vehicle traffic.

  • On urban roads pedal cyclists comprise roughly a fifth of casualties, whereas on rural roads they account for around 10%.

  • Most pedal cyclist killed or seriously injured casualties occur at crossroads and t-staggered junctions.

  • The main contributory factors for all RTIs, attributed to pedal cyclists were: failed to look properly (23%), failed to judge the other person’s path or speed (10%), careless, reckless or in a hurry (9%) and cyclist entering from pavement (6%).

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