The cost of road accidents has hit almost £15 billion a year according to figures from the Department of Transport. Every death on the road is estimated to cost £1.74 million with the total cost in the region of £14.7 billion every year. A total of £471 million was spent on ambulance and medical costs with a total of £4.71 billion in costs associated with damage to property. This included the cost of damage to vehicles. Police costs amounted to £213 million and £139 million was spent on insurance and administration costs. In total, £7.26 billion was spent on the costs associated with the effects of injuries and the pain or distress caused by accidents. This included deaths, serious or slight injuries in road traffic accidents and damage-only collisions. However, costs were down by 3% on 2012’s figure. The number of road deaths also fell by 2% to 1,713 which is the lowest figure since records began. However, the number of road deaths on motorways rose for the first time since 2005, perhaps due to an increase in traffic volumes. Road Safety Minister has stated that one death on the road is one death too many and a focus has to be put on making Britain’s roads safer for all road users.
The cost of accidents
Although the cost of road accidents is significantly high, the cost to the families and people affected by road accidents is higher. Consequences can be catastrophic if a road user drives over the speed limit, drives carelessly in bad weather conditions or drives under the influence of drink or drugs. The risk of taking a life on the road increase when someone drives dangerously therefore it is important to address the safety issues and provide education where needed. If you have been the victim of a road traffic accident and someone else was driving negligently, you may be entitled to compensation for any injuries sustained.
Calling Accident Advice Helpline
If you have been involved in a road traffic accident that was the fault of someone else, you can give us a call to discuss your case. Your injuries may be minor but you may be suffering from lasting trauma or you could be suffering from more serious injuries as a result and wish to hold the persons’ responsible for the accident. If so, our team at Accident Advice Helpline can pursue your compensation claim on your behalf and help you obtain the evidence you need to get the win you deserve.
Date Published: October 8, 2014
Author: David Brown