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Road accidents and safety statistics

Statistics and data about reported accidents and casualties on public roads in Great Britain.

Latest road casualty statistics

Annual road casualty statistics are published twice each year. Provisional results are published in June for the first release of key statistics, and final detailed statistics are released in September. In-year estimates, providing provisional figures for the first half of the year, are usually published in November.

Estimates of drink-drive accidents and casualties are published separately, provisionally in February with final figures in August.

The latest publications are listed below. Previous annual, provisional and drink-drive road casualty statistics are available.

Explore road safety statistics

In addition to regular publications, we also produce summaries of road safety topics.

Interactive road casualty dashboard: visualise casualty data.

Road safety data

Selected road safety data is available in spreadsheet tables and our data download tool. The full datasets can be downloaded as open data.

Road safety data download tool: download bespoke breakdowns of our data.

Road safety datasets: available on data.gov

International comparisons of road safety data are available from the International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis group (IRTAD)

Surveys of seatbelt and mobile phone use are published occasionally, most recently for 2017.

About the road safety statistics data and reports

Claims management companies may ‘cold call’ people saying that they have records that you were in an accident. They claim to have got your information from the national road accident database or a governmental body. This is not correct. No government agency or department holds names, addresses or telephone numbers of people who have been in road traffic accidents.

There is no national database of accidents with names, telephone numbers and addresses. Government departments do not hold any of this information, and even if they did, they would not supply it to anyone under any circumstances as citizen personal data would be protected under the Data Protection Act.

If you have been contacted in such a way, it is most likely to be as a result of cold calling or random number dialling. If you are able to get a contact name and number for the company you can report them to the Claims Management Regulator.

Statistics on road safety in Great Britain are mostly based on personal-injury accidents reported to the police in the Stats19 collection. Information on Stats19 can be found in the report form and the guidance document used by the police.

Information on the strengths and limitations of Stats19, and comparison with other data sources related to road safety, is available in the quality and methods section. Comparisons with death registration statistics show that very few, if any, road accident fatalities are not reported to the police. It has long been known that a considerable proportion of non-fatal casualties are not known to the police, as hospital, survey and compensation claims data all indicate a higher number of casualties than are reported to the police.

However, Stats19 remains the most detailed, complete and reliable single source of information on road casualties covering the whole of Great Britain, in particular for monitoring trends over time.

Most of the statistics published are National Statistics. Road accident and safety statistics were assessed by the UK Statistics Authority and confirmed as National Statistics in July 2009 and again in 2013 with a further compliance check in 2019.

Road safety publications prior to 2010 can be found on the National Archives.

Published 26 September 2013
Last updated 26 August 2021 + show all updates
  1. Reported road casualties in Great Britain, final estimates involving illegal alcohol levels 2019 added. Collection page amended and updated.

  2. Reported road casualties Great Britain, provisional results 2020 and new guidance pages added to the collection.

  3. Reported road casualties in Great Britain, provisional estimates involving illegal alcohol levels: 2019 added to collection

  4. Reported road casualties in Great Britain, provisional estimates: year ending June 2020 report added to collection.

  5. Reported road casualties Great Britain report for 2019 added to collection.

  6. Final estimates for illegal alcohol levels for the year 2018 added to collection.

  7. Reported road casualties provisional results for 2019 added to the collection.

  8. Drink-drive provisional estimates for the year 2018 release added to the drink-drive estimates section.

  9. Collection page updated for Reported road casualties in Great Britain, provisional estimates year ending June 2019.

  10. Collection updated for 'Reported road casualties Great Britain, annual report: 2018'.

  11. Collection page updated for 'Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain, final estimates involving illegal alcohol levels: 2017'.

  12. Added main results 2018 publication.

  13. New release published about personal injury drink drive accidents for the year 2017.

  14. New release published. Other road safety statistics group list updated to show the latest seatbelt and mobile phone use surveys for 2017.

  15. Collection updated.

  16. Text updated.

  17. New release published.

  18. New reported road casualties reports added.

  19. New release published.

  20. New release published.

  21. New release published.

  22. New releases published.

  23. Content for text and headings updated.

  24. New release published.

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  26. New releases published.

  27. New release published.

  28. New releases published.

  29. 'Reported road casualties in Great Britain: main results 2014' published.

  30. First published.