Road Safety Statistics

Road Casualty Figures

On average, every day on UK roads 9 people are killed, 89 more are seriously injured, and 673 more sustain slight injuries.
(Source : Department for Transport 2007)

Road crashes account for nearly half of all accidental deaths in Britain.
(Source : IAM 2007)

You have a 1 in 200 chance of being killed in a road crash.
(Source : Brake road safety charity 2007)

Drivers who speed are twice as likely to have a crash.
(Source : Napier University 2007)


Types Of Road Accidents

Nearly half of all road deaths happen at night, even though there are far fewer pedestrians and vehicles about.
(Source : Brake road safety charity 2007)

On what type of roads do most road accidents and casualties take place ?
 

Road Type Serious Accidents Casualties
Motorways 3% 4%
Rural Roads 23% 50%
Urban Roads 74% 46%

(Source : DSA 2007)


Young Drivers

1 in 4 drivers convicted of Causing Death By Dangerous Driving are under 21 years of age.
(Source : Home Office 2007)

1 in 10 drivers are under the age of 25.
However, 1 in 4 drivers who are killed in crashes are under the age of 25.
(Source : Department for Transport 2007)

Death on the road is the biggest killer of young people aged 15-24 years old.
(Source : Brake road safety charity 2007)


Figures For Fife

In Fife in 2006 there were 676 Injury Accidents, resulting in :

These accidents involved 534 Drivers or Riders, 256 Passengers and 124 Pedestrians.
 
In addition to the above figures, there were another 3011 Damage Only Accidents reported.
(Source : Safe Drive Stay Alive)

2007 saw significant reductions in Road Casualty figures within Fife :
 

Category 2007 Totals Previous Lowest Figures % Difference
Crashes 606 676 (in 2006) Down 10%
Casualties 779 911 (in 2006) Down 14%
Slightly Injured 628 701 (in 2006) Down 10%
Killed Or Seriously Injured 151 187 (in 2005) Down 19%
Children Killed Or Seriously Injured 15 22 (in 2003) Down 32%

(Source : Fife Police 2008)


Miscellaneous Statistics

A survey supported by IAM in 2006 found that in a test of 10 road signs, only 29 out of 1,000 motorists got all signs correct.
(Source : IAM)

So what's the safest form of Transport ?
 

Mode Of Transport Number Of Deaths per 1 Billion Km Travelled
Boat Less than 0.01
Plane Less than 0.01
Train 0.2
Bus 0.4
Car 2.5
Motorcycle 105

(Source : Brake road safety charity 2007)


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