DFT Figures Reveal Fall In Road Casualties
Casualty Figures Year Ending September 2013
The Department for Transport's latest casualty figures suggest that motoring has become safer. As such provisional figures - for the year ending September 2013 - show that the number of people killed or seriously injured in this twelve month period was 23,380. That was 6% less than the previous year and included falls for car users (-6%), pedestrians (-10%), peddle cyclists (-2%) and motorcyclists (-6%). There were, in total, 184,010 casualties of every clarification and severity that resulted from 138,530 accidents throughout the twelve month period. These represented a 6% fall in the number of accidents and a 7% fall in the number of casualties. Such figures related to incidents that occurred on public roads/footpaths that became known to the police within 30 days. Furthermore, there were less accidents on all types of road. As such the fatal and serious injury figure fell by 5% on major roads (motorways and a-roads) and 7% on small roads. This was significant as the volume of motorised traffic increased by 1.1%.
DFT Casualty Figures For 2012 Compared To 2005 to 2009
The falling casualty figures were consistent with a recent trend. In 2012, for example, 24,793 people were killed or seriously injured which was 1% fewer than 2011. More notable is that such casualties were 17% lower than the average of 2005 to 2009. Furthermore, there were 195,723 casualties throughout 2012 – of all severities and classifications - which was 20% less than the 2005 to 2009 average. The falling trend could – at least to a significant extent - be attributed to the latest cars that are far safer than their predecessors. As such, it is now common for newly launched models to receive a maximum five star safety rating from Euro NCAP. This independent body assesses vehicles via a series of crash tests, etc. Its five-star rating is based on the systems that protect people during collisions and those that prevent collisions. The former might include air bags and the latter an electronic stability program that brakes a specific wheel to prevent the car spinning on a corner. It is also now common to have a collision warning system that – if the motorist fails to notice a hazard ahead such as vehicle stopped at a traffic light - alerts him/her via beeps. If no action is taken, it then brakes automatically to avoid an impact or reduce its severity. Long may this progress continue.