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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    Road death figures in sharp rise

    By David Brown on August 8, 2014

    The number of people tragically killed on the roads rose sharply at the start of 2014, according to estimated Government figures.

    The first three-month period of the year saw 380 people lose their lives – a 13% rise on the same period of 2013.

    There were 5,500 incidents instances of people being killed or seriously injured (KSI) in the first quarter of the year – up 17%

    Slight casualties too, also rose 15% to 40,460. Total casualties stood at 45,960, an overall rise of 16%.

    Road accident increase

    According to motoring experts, the unwelcome increase can be partially explained by the fact that many pedestrians and cars were kept off the roads as a result of the severe weather which blighted the start of 2013.

    March 2013, for example, was the coldest March recorded in 50 years – conditions which were reflected in comparatively low death figures from road traffic accidents around this time (336 for January-March 2013), with people being advised to stay off the road.

    The first three months of 2012 is seen as a more meaningful comparison, in which 414 people lost their lives on the roads – higher than is estimated for January-March 2014.

    March 2011 meanwhile saw as many as 445 people killed.

    March 2014 saw the number of pedestrians killed or seriously injured in accidents up 16%, to 1,460.

    Cyclists and children

    The amount of pedal cyclists killed or seriously injured went up to 690, or by 27% – while slight personal injuries to those on two wheels shot up by 43%, to 3,380. Motorcyclist KSI levels went up 20%, to 2,160.

    KSI figures for children under 16 went up 17%, to 500, while child pedestrian figures for the same were up 9% to 350.

    Source: Gov.uk

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    Date Published: August 8, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Category: News

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