New figures reveal that 1,760 people died in road accidents in the year to June – a rise of 3% compared to the previous 12-month period.
The number of those killed or injured on UK roads rose by 4% overall, the Department for Transport (DfT) statistics show.
There were 440 road deaths between April and June this year, an increase of only one on last year’s second quarter.
The overall figure of those killed or seriously injured (KSI) rose by 7% to 6,280 in the spring period.
Child injuries rise by 9%
The number of people suffering slight injuries in road accidents was up by 9% to 41,740, bringing the overall number of people slightly or seriously injured, or killed, to 48,020.
KSIs involving children rose by 9% in the second quarter, with total child casualties up by 12%. The figures also show that KSIs involving child pedestrians increased by 1% and total child pedestrian casualties grew by 3%.
Meanwhile, KSIs involving cyclists surged by 18% in the period, and those involving motorcyclists rose by 9% compared to the second quarter of 2013.
The KSI figure for the 12 months to June rose by 4% to a total of 24,580, while the number of those slightly injured also grew by 4% to 168,710.
Overall, a total of 193,290 people were slightly injured, seriously hurt or killed on the roads over the 12-month period.
“No room for complacency”
The DfT said the rise in casualties may be due to the warmer winter weather this year, which led to a rise in the number of road users.
Transport Minister Robert Goodwill said improving road safety was “an absolute priority” for the Government.
He added that there can be “absolutely no room for complacency” and said the Government was determined to bring down the road casualty figures.
Claiming for compensation
If you’ve been hurt in a road accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.