Detailed statistics about the circumstances of personal injury accidents, including the types of vehicles involved, the resulting casualties and factors which may contribute to accidents. In addition to detailed tables, there are three articles containing further analysis on specific road safety topics.
Most of the statistics in the report are based on information about accidents reported to the police. However, other sources such as mortality, national travel survey, coroners’ reports, are also used as well as population and traffic data to provide a wider context.
In reported road traffic accidents:
- road deaths increased by 4% compared with 2013, rising to 1,775
- the number of people seriously injured increased by 5% to 22,807 in 2014
- traffic volumes rose by 2.4% between 2013 and 2014. This is the highest rate of growth of motor vehicle traffic since 1996
- our best current estimate, derived from the NTS data, is that the total number of road casualties in Great Britain annually, including those not reported to the police, is within the range 660 to 830 thousand with a central estimate of 740,000
- once the weather has been taken into account, we estimate that there would have been 43 fewer deaths in 2014 had the average temperature and rainfall been closer to the long term average
- around 6.2% of drivers thought that they had driven whilst over the legal drink drive limit during 2014 to 2015. This proportion has remained broadly unchanged since 2012 to 2013.