The Department for Transport recently released a report entitled ‘reported road casualties in Great Britain: 2019 annual report’ which as you would expect, details statistics of personal injury in road traffic accidents for last year.

The good news is the amount of road traffic accidents (reported to the police in Great Britain) has decreased! Taking into account more users on the road and people travelling further distance compared to previous years, the roads – statistically – are safer for all!

The report sadly confirmed “a total of 1,752 people were killed in reported road traffic accidents in Great Britain in 2019, similar to the level seen since 2012, which followed a period of substantial reduction in fatalities from 2006 to 2010”.  Of the fatalities, “car occupants accounted for 42% of road deaths, pedestrians 27%, motorcyclists 19% and pedal cyclists 6%”.

Further, 151,406 casualties were reported to the police in Great Britain in 2019 of all severity, which marked a 5% decrease from the previous year and a chunky 31% decrease from 10 years ago in 2009.  The report later states the Compensation Recovery Unit recorded 660,608 reported claims under the motor category which really highlights how many more accidents occur that aren’t reported to the police, not even accounting for those that don’t claim.

The statistics showed that young drivers aged 17 to 24 were the highest age category to be injured in a road traffic accident.

Additional statistics showed that overall, the majority (57%) of recorded fatalities occurred on rural roads with 6% occurring on motorways, and the majority of recorded casualties (63%) occurred on urban roads.

Regarding cycling, “the number of pedal cyclists killed or seriously injured in Great Britain increased by 8% between 2009 to 2019 – partly explained by an increase in pedal cyclist traffic in Great Britain of 16% from 2009 to 2019. Overall pedal cyclist casualties decreased by 4% between 2018 and 2019”.

Factors thought to influence road traffic collisions were listed as:-

  • The distance people travel;
  • The mix of transport modes used;
  • Behaviour of drivers, riders and pedestrians;
  • The mix of groups of people using the road (e.g. changes in the number of newly qualified or older drivers);
  • External effects such as the weather, which can influence behaviour (e.g. encouraging/discouraging travel, or closing roads) or change in the risk on roads (by making the road surface more slippery).

It can be all too easy to see these figures as only statistics but any road user could get caught up in an accident which can be life changing.  Here at Ringrose Law we have lots of experience acting for clients who have been involved in road traffic accidents of all severity, from drivers involved in rear end shunts on a roundabout resulting in soft tissue injury, to pedestrians being hit by vehicles resulting in multiple and complex injuries.  We also act for families who have tragically lost a loved one in fatality accidents to help those dependants left behind.

If you have been involved in road traffic accident, whatever kind of road user you were, that was not your fault, call to speak with one our advisors today to discuss if we can help you – call us on 01522 561020 or email

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