In reported road traffic accidents in 2013:
- road deaths decreased by 2% compared to 2012, to 1,713. This is the lowest figure since national records began in 1926
- the number of people seriously injured decreased by 6% to 21,657, compared to 2012
- the total number of casualties in road accidents reported to the police was 183,670, down 6% from the 2012 total
- total reported child casualties (ages 0-15) fell by 9% to 15,756, compared to 2012. The number of children killed or seriously injured also fell, decreasing by 13% to 1,980, compared to 2012
- a total of 138,660 personal-injury road accidents were reported to the police, 5% lower than in 2012
- vehicle traffic levels have remained broadly stable with a small increase of 0.4% between 2012 and 2013
Figures for deaths refer to people who sustained injuries which caused death less than 30 days after the accident. A more comprehensive analysis of 2013 casualty statistics will be published later this year in Reported road casualties Great Britain, annual report.
The department’s road collisions website includes maps of the road safety statistics and detailed local authority level data. It will be updated with the 2013 data very soon.