Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain: 2011 Report

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September 2012
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Key findings from the RRCGB 2011 report include:

  • In 2011, there were a total of 203,950 casualties of all severities in road accidents reported to the police, 2 per cent lower than in 2010. There were 1,901 people killed, a 3 per cent increase than in 2010 and 23,122 were seriously injured, up 2 per cent. Motor vehicle traffic increased slightly (0.2 per cent) over the same period.
  • The number of fatalities fell for three types of road user, with a fall of 22 per for bus and coach occupants, 10 per cent for motor cyclists, 4 per cent for pedal cyclists. Pedestrian and Car occupants rose by 12 and 6 per cent respectively.
  • In 2011, it is estimated 9,990 reported casualties (5 per cent of all road casualties) occurred when someone was driving whilst over the legal alcohol limit. The provisional number of people estimated to have been killed in drink drive accidents was 280 (15 per cent of all road fatalities).
  • The rate per billion vehicle miles for total casualties in reported road accidents and the rate of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) in 2011 were both 15 per cent lower than the 2005-09 average. For fatalities alone, the 2011 rate was 32 per cent lower than the average.
  • Failed to look properly was again the most frequently reported contributory factor and was reported in 42 per cent of all accidents reported to the police in 2011.
  • In 2011, the economic welfare cost of reported road accidents was estimated to be around £15.6 billion.