The quarterly provisional estimates provides in-year estimates of personal injury road accidents and their casualties. These are published to allow emerging trends to be monitored between the publications of annual figures.
For reported road accidents in the year ending March 2013:
- 1,680 people were killed, a 10% drop from 1,870 in the year ending March 2012
- the number of people killed or seriously injured fell to 23,660, a 6% decrease compared with the year to March 2012
Overall for year ending March 2013:
- there were 188,890 reported road casualties (slightly and seriously injured casualties, and fatalities), 7% fewer than the 203,305 for the year ending March 2012
- total reported child casualties (ages 0 to 15) fell by 14% to 16,460 for the year ending March 2013 from 19,131 for the previous year, with those killed or seriously injured down 12% to 2,150.
Motor vehicle traffic levels fell by 1% compared with the 12 month period ending March 2012.
Weather effects (notably much colder mean temperatures in January to March 2013 than in January to March 2012) are likely to have contributed to large year on year falls in the numbers of pedal cyclist casualties (down 23%) and motorcyclist casualties (down 27%) during January to March 2013. Also, car occupant casualties were down 12% on year, but weather effects appear less significant for these road users.
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