Provisional Government figures once again highlight the need for road users to keep their wits about them at all times, despite a fall in the number of accidents.
There were 139,350 reported personal injury accidents in the year ending June, according to the Department for Transport (DfT) – a 7% fall on the previous 12 months.
The number of people killed and seriously injured (KSI) also fell 7% on motorways and major A roads and 4% on minor roads.
Accidents, however, shot up during the spring months as improved weather saw a rise in road traffic levels.
Estimates show there was a 3.4% increase in traffic on the roads between April and June this year compared to the same period in 2012.
The DfT said the increase “was at least partly due to the large change in weather conditions”, as rainfall had been particularly heavy the previous year.
It added: “In comparison with this, the UK mean rainfall level between April and June 2013 was 40%, returning to the long-term average.
“It is therefore likely that the markedly drier weather in 2013 would have increased the number of vulnerable road users – particularly motorcyclists and pedal cyclists – on the road, relative to the same period in 2012, thus increasing their relative exposure to accidents.”
Accidents on the road can be very serious, which is why they often result in a series of personal injury claims. If you have survived an accident that was someone else’s fault, you are entitled seek compensation.
Deaths on the roads increased in spring this year, with motorbike and pedal cyclist casualty rates rising in particular.
There were 450 deaths in reported road accidents between April and June, up 12% on the 402 in the same period in 2012.
But while car user and pedestrian casualties fell, pedal cyclist casualties rose 12% and motorcyclist casualties were up 4%.
“Spring and summer will always be the most dangerous months for those on two wheels but that must not be allowed to obscure the need to focus on their safety,” said Neil Greig, director of policy and research at the Institute of Advanced Motorists.
“Investment in segregated cycling facilities must keep pace with the rising demand for cycling. Road designs that help car drivers can often be fatal for motorcyclists so engineers must learn to ‘think bike’ when they build barriers, signposts and new surfaces.”
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Date Published: November 9, 2013
Author: David Brown