Road Casualties Great Britain


The latest Department for Transport reported road casualty figures (for 2015) were released in June 2016 (covering England, Scotland and Wales).


This report gives some detailed analyses of the following data.
  • Children killed or seriously injured
  • Numbers killed or seriously injured (all ages)
  • Numbers killed (all ages)
  • Notes and sources

Children killed or seriously injured


The pie chart shows the breakdown by mode of travel for children reported as killed or seriously injured (KSI) during 2015. 'Children' are defined as 0 - 15 years. child pedestrian KSI casualties by mode

The table gives the figures for each year for children reported killed or seriously injured:

PedestriansCyclistsCar occupantsOthersTotal
2005 2,134 (61%) 527 (15%) 595 (17%) 216 (6%) 3,472 (100%)
2006 2,025 (61%) 503 (15%) 596 (18%) 170 (5%) 3,294 (100%)
2007 1,899 (61%) 522 (17%) 526 (17%) 143 (5%) 3,090 (100%)
2008 1,784 (64%) 417 (15%) 490 (17%) 116 (4%) 2,807 (100%)
2009 1,660 (62%) 458 (17%) 463 (17%) 90 (3%) 2,671 (100%)
2010 1,646 (66%) 398 (16%) 360 (14%) 98 (4%) 2,502 (100%)
2011 1,602 (66%) 398 (17%) 336 (14%) 76 (3%) 2,412 (100%)
2012 1,545 (68%) 324 (14%) 346 (15%) 57 (3%) 2,272 (100%)
2013 1,358 (69%) 282 (14%) 286 (14%) 54 (3%) 1,980 (100%)
2014 1,379 (66%) 279 (13%) 337 (16%) 87 (4%) 2,082 (100%)
2015 1,283 (65%) 278 (14%) 334 (17%) 69 (4%) 1,964 (100%)

The totals of reported child pedestrian and child cylist KSI casualties have fallen, but so too have the mileages walked and cycled (with an increase in obesity), and so it is not clear that roads have become any safer for children.



Numbers killed or seriously injured (all ages)


The charts give the numbers of reported casualties for each mode of travel by year (except for the bottom right chart, which gives the percentages of the total). The 'error bars' show the 95% confidence intervals - read more on confidence intervals here including why they are needed when interpreting charts.

PedestriansCyclists
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MotorcyclistsCar occupants
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All modes (numbers)All modes (percentages)
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The figures for casualties reported killed or seriously injured are:
PedestriansCyclistsMotorcyclistsCar occupantsOthersTotal
2001 9,064 (22.3%) 2,678 (6.6%) 7,305 (18.0%) 19,424 (47.9%) 2,089 (5.2%) 40,560 (100%)
2002 8,631 (21.9%) 2,450 (6.2%) 7,500 (19.0%) 18,728 (47.5%) 2,098 (5.3%) 39,407 (100%)
2003 7,933 (21.3%) 2,411 (6.5%) 7,652 (20.6%) 17,291 (46.5%) 1,928 (5.2%) 37,215 (100%)
2004 7,478 (21.8%) 2,308 (6.7%) 6,648 (19.4%) 16,144 (47.0%) 1,773 (5.2%) 34,351 (100%)
2005 7,129 (22.2%) 2,360 (7.3%) 6,508 (20.2%) 14,617 (45.5%) 1,541 (4.8%) 32,155 (100%)
2006 7,051 (22.1%) 2,442 (7.7%) 6,484 (20.4%) 14,254 (44.8%) 1,614 (5.1%) 31,845 (100%)
2007 6,924 (22.5%) 2,564 (8.3%) 6,737 (21.9%) 12,967 (42.2%) 1,528 (5.0%) 30,720 (100%)
2008 6,642 (23.2%) 2,565 (9.0%) 6,049 (21.2%) 11,968 (41.9%) 1,348 (4.7%) 28,572 (100%)
2009 6,045 (22.5%) 2,710 (10.1%) 5,822 (21.6%) 11,112 (41.3%) 1,223 (4.5%) 26,912 (100%)
2010 5,605 (22.9%) 2,771 (11.3%) 5,183 (21.1%) 9,749 (39.8%) 1,202 (4.9%) 24,510 (100%)
2011 5,907 (23.6%) 3,192 (12.8%) 5,609 (22.4%) 9,225 (36.9%) 1,090 (4.4%) 25,023 (100%)
2012 5,979 (24.1%) 3,340 (13.5%) 5,322 (21.5%) 9,033 (36.4%) 1,119 (4.5%) 24,793 (100%)
2013 5,396 (23.1%) 3,252 (13.9%) 5,197 (22.2%) 8,426 (36.1%) 1,099 (4.7%) 23,370 (100%)
2014 5,509 (22.4%) 3,514 (14.3%) 5,628 (22.9%) 8,832 (35.9%) 1,099 (4.5%) 24,582 (100%)
2015 5,349 (22.4%) 3,337 (14.0%) 5,402 (22.6%) 8,643 (36.2%) 1,138 (4.8%) 23,869 (100%)


Numbers killed (all ages)


The figures for reported fatalities are:

PedestriansCyclistsMotorcyclistsCar occupantsOthersTotal
2005 671 (21.0%) 148 (4.6%) 569 (17.8%) 1675 (52.3%) 138 (4.3%) 3201 (100%)
2006 675 (21.3%) 146 (4.6%) 599 (18.9%) 1612 (50.8%) 140 (4.4%) 3172 (100%)
2007 646 (21.9%) 136 (4.6%) 588 (20.0%) 1432 (48.6%) 144 (4.9%) 2946 (100%)
2008 572 (22.5%) 115 (4.5%) 493 (19.4%) 1257 (49.5%) 101 (4.0%) 2538 (100%)
2009 500 (22.5%) 104 (4.7%) 472 (21.2%) 1059 (47.7%) 87 (3.9%) 2222 (100%)
2010 405 (21.9%) 111 (6.0%) 403 (21.8%) 835 (45.1%) 96 (5.2%) 1850 (100%)
2011 453 (23.8%) 107 (5.6%) 362 (19.0%) 883 (46.4%) 96 (5.0%) 1901 (100%)
2012 420 (23.9%) 118 (6.7%) 328 (18.7%) 801 (45.7%) 87 (5.0%) 1754 (100%)
2013 398 (23.2%) 109 (6.4%) 331 (19.3%) 785 (45.8%) 90 (5.3%) 1,713 (100%)
2014 446 (25.1%) 113 (6.4%) 339 (19.1%) 797 (44.9%) 80 (4.5%) 1,775 (100%)
2015 409 (23.6%) 100 (5.8%) 365 (21.1%) 755 (43.6%) 103 (5.9%) 1,732 (100%)

The bar chart plots DfT figures for risks per km taken from the DfT annual report [1].fatality risk by mode



Sources


The data summarised here is the STATS19 data collected by police forces and published annually by the DfT. The figures are taken from the reports listed on the links page or from analysis of the DfT database.

Almost all road deaths are reported, but some serious injuries are not reported and only a minority of slight injuries are reported - see the discussions in the annual DfT reports.

[1] Passenger casualty rates for different modes of travel (RAS53) https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/ras53-modal-comparisons or from here.




Breakdown by highway authorities and police areas


View charts and tables for individual local authorities or for individual police areas.