Reported Road Casualties Great Britain: 2009

Annual Report

Department for Transport (DfT) / National Statistics
TSO (The Stationery Office)

The 2009 edition of 'Reported Road Casualties Great Britain' presents detailed statistics about the circumstances of personal injury road accidents. Some 50 data items are collected by the police STATS19 system for each accident, including the time and location of the accident, the types of vehicles involved and what they were doing at the time of the accident, as well as some information on the drivers and casualties involved.

In 2009 there was a reported total of 222,146 casualties of all severities (4% lower than 2008). Of those, 2,222 people were killed in road accidents, 316 fewer (12% lower) than in 2008. It has long been known that a considerable proportion of non-fatal injury accidents are not reported to the police and the current best estimate is that the total number of road casualties in Great Britain each year is around 700,000.

In addition to the detailed tables there are seven articles containing further analysis on specific road safety topics:

  • an overview and trends in the police data;

  • valuation of road accidents and casualties;

  • drinking and driving;

  • contributory factors in road accidents;

  • survey data on road traffic accidents, including an overall estimate of total casualties;

  • hospital admissions data on road casualties; and

  • road safety research.

The statistics in STATS19 were reviewed recently and some changes recommended. Also, a new electronic police accident reporting system, CRASH, for secure collection, validation, transmission and storage of road traffic collision reports, is to be introduced in 2011 and 2012.

It should be noted that whilst the majority of fatal accidents are known to the police, a significant number of non-fatal injury accidents are not reported to the authorities. Therefore, inevitably, the data has limitations and this should be taken into consideration if using these statistics as a key point of reference.

Police data on road accidents remains the most detailed, complete and reliable single source of information on road casualties covering the whole of Great Britain. This data is collated to inform the public and support policy on road safety.

Extent 197 pages ISBN 9780115531620
Size A4 Price £46.00
Format Paperback Published 24 Sep 2010
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