Figures for deaths refer to people who sustained injuries which caused death less than 30 days after the accident. A more comprehensive analysis of 2012 casualty statistics will be published later this year in Reported Road Casualties Great Britain: Annual Report.
The main results are:
- the number of people killed in road accidents reported to the police decreased to 1,754 in 2012 from 1,901 in 2011 (a fall of 8%). This is the lowest figure since national records began in 1926.
- the number of people seriously injured decreased by 0.4% to 23,039 in 2012 from 23,122 in 2011. This figure is 15% lower than the 2005-09 average.
- the total number of casualties in road accidents reported to the police in 2012 was 195,723, down 4% from the 2011 total. The total number of people seriously injured has fallen by 15% in the five years from 2007 to 2012.
- the total reported child causalities (ages 0-15) fell by 11% to 17,251 in 2012.
- the number of children killed or seriously injured also fell, decreasing by 6% to 2,272 in 2012 from 2,412 in 2011.
- a total of 145,571 personal-injury road accidents were reported to the police in 2012, 4% lower than in 2011.
- vehicle traffic levels have remained broadly stable for the second year running, though there was a small fall of 0.4% between 2011 and 2012.
Information on road accidents and safety statistics, including the pre-release access list can be found here.