Road safety in the UK - Statistics & Facts

In a ranking of road deaths in European countries, the UK was near the bottom of the list. In 2017, there were roughly 28 deaths recorded per million population, with the safest country being Norway at 20 deaths per million population. Overall, the number of car drivers involved in reported road accidents in Great Britain amounted to 174,143. Figures have been steadily declining since 2003, the only reported increase being in 2014. As for costs, serious road accidents had a value of nearly 244,000 British pounds in prevention costs. By comparison, fatal accidents were by far the most costly.

In terms of the number of casualties, 2017 had seen a decrease in those slightly injured across all age groups. However, the number of people aged 60 years and older killed in a road accident had grown by 16 percent compared to the previous year. That same year, there were more than 11,000 slight casualties recorded for cyclists between the ages of 18 to 59 years. Child cyclists under the age of 16 had been seriously injured in 367 instances.

The most common factor leading to road accidents was failure of the driver or rider to look properly. 41 percent of all reported accidents in 2017 had been attributed to this cause. In the year before, the share of drivers killed with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit was 21 percent. Although there had been a general trend of decline between 1980 and 2016, figures had slightly increased again since 2014. As for road accidents by journey purpose, a total of 25,810 happened during commuting, with cars being involved the most.

Regarding governmental action and prevention, according to an annual survey, the share of British people agreeing that the law on using mobile phones whilst driving is not properly enforced had fallen from 81 percent in 2006 to 67 percent in 2017.

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