Road safety in the UK - Statistics & Facts

In a ranking of road deaths in European countries, England and Northern Ireland were near the bottom of the list. Preliminary data for 2018 indicates that there were roughly 27 deaths recorded per million population in England, and the safest country was Norway at 20 deaths per million population. Overall, the number of car drivers involved in reported road accidents in Great Britain amounted to 165,050. Figures have been steadily declining in almost two decades, the only reported increase being in 2014. As for costs, serious road accidents had a value of more than 250,000 British pounds in prevention costs. By comparison, fatal accidents were by far the most costly.

In terms of the number of casualties, 2017 saw 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. Some 40 percent of all reported accidents in 2018 had been attributed to this cause.

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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