The death rate on Britain’s roads has fallen to a record low, while the number of serious injuries is also down.
Figures from the Department for Transport (DfT) show there was a total of 1,713 deaths in reported road incidents in 2013.
This represents a 2% dip on the previous year and is the lowest annual total since records began back in 1926.
The death toll in 2013 was almost half that in the middle of the last decade – as many as 3,201 people were killed in 2005 – maintaining the recent downward trend.
A total of 46% of these deaths were car occupants. Pedestrians accounted for 23% of fatalities, motorcyclists 19% and pedal cyclists 6%.
Serious injuries resulting from road traffic collisions fell by 6% last year to 21,657, while slight injuries also fell by 6% to 160,300.
Motorways, however, continue to pose a significant risk to drivers and their passengers.
Deaths on motorways last year jumped 14% to a total of 100 – the first increase since 2005 but still 42% lower than the average for 2005 to 2009.
Serious injuries in motorway accidents were up 1% to 660.
The DfT points out that traffic levels on motorways rose 1.5% between 2012 and 2013. Traffic levels on all other roads nationwide, on the other hand, remained relatively unchanged between the two years.
Motorway speeding remains a major factor in road traffic accidents.
Road traffic accident claims
If you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
Whiplash is a common claim that results from collisions on the road.
Even a shunt at relatively low speeds can cause pain in the neck, back or shoulders due to trauma to the tendons, ligaments or other supporting structures at the point of impact.
Accident Advice Helpline can guide you through the process of making a personal injury claim. How much compensation you receive will depend on a number of factors including the type and severity of the injury.