Road Traffic Accident Statistics

Unfortunately we see an increase in the number of road traffic and motorway accident claims in the months of November, December and January. The increase in the number of car accident related injuries is mainly down to the weather and driving conditions.

4% of British motorists drive uninsured.

Source: PC Tools 2011

4 million parking fines were issued by British Councils last year.

Source: Traffic Penalty Tribunal 2011

164 UK road deaths are blamed on under inflated car tyres in the past five years. From Nov 2012, all new cars must have pressure monitoring systems as standard.

Source: Telegraph Motoring 2011

Source: Telegraph Motoring 2011

Three in ten drivers (28%) knew people who did not wear a seat belt in the front of the car and just over four in ten drivers (43%) knew people who did not wear a seat belt in the back of a car.

Source: Think Road Safety Annual Survey 2008

Almost half of all respondents (46%) agreed that road safety advertising is actually having a strong impact on the way people behave on the roads.

Source: Think Road Safety Annual Survey 2008

43% of drivers were unable to successfully identify the national speed limit sign when shown.

Source: Think Road Safety Annual Survey 2008

37% of car, van and lorry drivers said they carried on driving when too tired.

Source: Think Road Safety Annual Survey 2008

Only 33% of drivers completely agreed that it is dangerous to drive at 90mph on the motorway when there is no traffic.

Source: Think Road Safety Annual Survey 2008

Every day about 9 people will die and a further 78 will be seriously injured on our roads and excessive speed is a factor in a significant number of these accidents.

Source: Department for Transport

25 years after the first seat belt law came into action, around 370 people a year are still being killed in road crashes because they do not wear a seat belt.

Source: ROSPA (2008)

Driver error is present in 90% of motorway accidents (with mechanical failure accounting for only 10%).

Source: Smart Driving 2008

Most drivers have a reaction time of over half a second (this is before they even touch the brakes).

Source: Smart Driving 2008

Government statistics show that 6% of all fatal motorway accidents are caused by under-inflated tyres.

Source: Which? Online 26th Feb 2008

A Michelin tyre pressure campaign found the UK ranked a dismal 25th out of 27 EU countries, with only Greece and Latvia having a worse record.

Source: Which? Online 26th Feb 2008

As many as 10% of people who use their vehicles for work have admitted falling asleep at the wheel in the past 12 months, according to a new survey.

Source: Brake and Green Flag, 2008

At least a quarter of road deaths involve someone driving for a living. Last year there were 858 deaths and 6,622 serious injuries in

crashes involving at-work drivers.

Source: Department for Transport, 2008

Many motorists suffer from “rusty driver syndrome” through rarely venturing on to the roads. As many as 11% of motorists do not drive for two years or more after passing their test.

Source: Churchill Car Insurance, Sept 2007

The first revised Highway Code in eight years was released on 28th September 2007 – 50% bigger and containing 29 extra rules.

Source: 28th Sept 2007

Slippery roads accounted for 55 percent of road traffic accidents in which road environment was a contributory factor.

Source: Department for Transport (DfT) figures  2007

“Speeding, Speeding is not just inconsiderate driving – it contributes to the 36,000 serious injuries and 3,000 deaths that occur on Britain’s roads each year. More than two thirds of all accidents in which people are killed or seriously injured happen on roads where the speed limit is 40mph or less. At 35mph you are twice as likely to kill someone as you are at 30mph.

Source: DfT

“Driving tired, Falling asleep at the wheel is the cause of around 20% of accidents on long journeys on trunk roads and motorways. Men aged 30 and under are more likely to have a sleep related vehicle accident. The greatest risk of falling asleep at the wheel is between midnight and 6am.

“[speed] cameras are a very effective way of saving lives. On average, at camera sites: 35% fewer people are killed and seriously injured 56% fewer pedestrians are killed or seriously injured.

Source: ROSPA Presenting Road Safety. A Guide for the Media

“[Motorcycle accidents:] head injuries account for around 80% of fatalities and 60% of serious injuries are to the legs.

Source: ROSPA Presenting Road Safety. A Guide for the Media

“There were the following accidents on Major roads 1,818 fatal, 13,284 serious, 88,399 slight on Motorways, A(M) and A roads .

Source: National Statistics publication produced by Transport Statistics: DfT

“Current statistics indicate that …. more than 1,500 people are killed or injured each year on the hard shoulder.

Source: Green Flag Motoring Assistance

“Every year there are more than five million road accidents in Britain, resulting in about 35,000 fatal, or serious injuries with as many as 1,000 road deaths and 13,000 serious injuries involving people who were working at the time.

Source: Transport Statistics Bulletin. Road Casualties in Great Britain.

What ever the circumstances surrounding your road traffic accident or whiplash injury make sure you have the right accident specialist solicitors in your corner. Being involved in a road traffic or motorway car accident is stressful and painful enough – we are a specialist and dedicated firm of accident solicitors who will ensure you get the right compensation and medical treatment/rehabilitation, loss of earnings and replacement vehicle if you have been involved in a non-fault accident.

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident  contact the Blackpool Personal Injury Solicitors or call us today 01253 882522. road traffic accident statistics


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