Average cost of road accidents in Great Britain 2019, by severity

Fatal accidents and casualties were significantly more expensive than either serious or slight accidents in the United Kingdom in 2019. That year, on average, a fatal accident resulted in over 2.2 million British pounds of prevention costs. The cost of slight accidents was substantially lower, but not insignificant, reaching 26,840 Great British pounds. Overall, there were over 122,600 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 incidents caused by actions such as sudden braking or swerving, 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 2019

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Release date

September 2020


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

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The costs were based on 2019 prices and values
The number of reported road accidents was based on 2019 data.

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