Average cost of road accidents in Great Britain 2018, by severity

Fatal accidents and casualties were significantly more expensive than either serious or slight accidents in the United Kingdom (UK) during 2018. On average a fatal accident resulted in nearly 2.2 million British pounds in prevention costs in 2018. The cost of slight accidents was nowhere near as much, but not insignificant, reaching 26.1 thousand British pounds. Overall, there were roughly123,000 reported road accidents in Great Britain that year, of which 1,671 were fatal.

Driver’s error most common factor

The most common cause for any type of accident was a driver’s reaction error, with there being 57,102 reported instances where a police officer had to attend a scene. Of these, a driver or rider failing to look properly was the most frequent cause of an accident.

Road accident total costs increase in 2018

Total prevention costs from reported road accidents amounted to 16.5 billion British pounds in 2018. Between 2010 and 2018, figures had grown by approximately 9 percent, while the lowest figure had been recorded in 2013.

Average cost of road casualties and accidents by severity in Great Britain in 2018

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Release date

September 2019


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period


Supplementary notes

The costs were based on 2018 prices and values
The number of reported road accidents was based on 2018 data.

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