How many people are killed or injured on Britain’s roads?
Great Britain has one of the best road safety records in Europe and the world. Despite massive increases in traffic over the last few decades, the number of people killed on our roads has fallen from around 5,500 per year in the mid 1980s to well under 2,000 in 2010. However, this still means that around five people die on Britain’s roads every day.
Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain, 2010
Seriously Injured 22,660
Slightly Injured 184,138
These figures are for road accidents in which someone was injured on a public road and which were reported to the police. Although virtually all fatal road accidents are reported to the police, it is known that many involving injury are not reported, even when some of those involved required medical or hospital treatment. It is estimated that the total number of road casualties in Great Britain is between 660,000 and 880,000 per year, with a best estimate of around 730,000. This includes an estimated 80,000 people who are seriously injured.
Common causes of these unnecessary tragedies include:
Around 430 people a year are killed in crashes in which someone exceeds the speed limit or drives too fast for the conditions.
Around 250 people die a year in crashes in which someone was over the legal drink drive limit.
Seat Belt Wearing
Around 300 lives each year could be saved if everyone always wore their seat belt.
More than 300 deaths a year involve someone being "careless, reckless or in a hurry", and a further 125 involve "aggressive driving".
Around one third of fatal and serious road crashes involve someone who was at work.
More than 430 people are killed in crashes involving young car drivers aged 17 to 24 years, every year, including over 150 young drivers, 90 passengers and more than 180 other road users.
More than 90% of accidents are caused by human error.
Close to home
90% of accidents occur on roads that drivers are familiar with.
The average driver covers about 12,000 miles a year and has a 1 in 7 chance of having a collision during that time.
This is where you as the employer should consider the steps to ensure your employees are as safe as possible on the road.