Crash and accident claims ‘will cost society £110bn’

A third of a million people will be killed or seriously injured (KSI) on Britain’s roads in the next 16 years costing society £110 billion, a parliamentary safety group claims.

The report by the Parliamentary Advisory Committee for Transport Safety (Pacts) makes the grim prediction despite a significant reduction in the number of KSIs and slight injuries from car crashes shown in accident claims since 2012.

Fall in car crash injuries and accident claims

According to the committee’s estimates, around 1,000 people a year will be killed in road traffic accidents by 2030, while 1,754 died in 2012.

It claims there will be around 11,000 serious injuries in 16 years’ time, compared to 23,029 two years ago. There were 170,930 slight injuries that year, but the number is expected to fall to 150,000 in 2030.

‘Ambitious targets’ to cut road accidents

The third of a million KSIs is the equivalent of the number of people living in Reading, Pacts’ executive director David Davies said.

He added there are many ways to make the country’s roads safer and the Government should set ambitious targets and spend more money on interventions.

Mr Davies is calling for a new strategy for road safety in Britain. Pacts director Richard Allsop and Transport Research Laboratory team member Kit Mitchell compiled the report.

They said road safety measures have been a success in the UK but there is a great deal that can be done at a low cost to the nation to make sure the real casualty figures are smaller than those predicted in the report. It will be made public at the UK’s road safety summit in London this Thursday.

Source: Belfast Telegraph

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