Where can I find information on car crash reports in the UK?
Car crash reports in the UK are produced by the Reported Road Casualties Great Britain (RRCGB) organisation that is a part of the UK Department of Transport. It provides data on fatalities, traffic casualties and other data that is related to road safety. The first report produced by the RRCGB was published in 1951 and is the main source of data for those seeking information on road casualties in the UK. While the first official report by the organisation was produced in 1951, they had been collecting data on road safety since 1926. It is unknown why no report was produced but it may have been because of a lack of resources or demand for a wide ranging report on road safety.
In the very first year that data was collected in 1926 there were 4,886 road fatalities and 124,000 crashes. The data from 1951 to 2006 shows a total of 309,144 deaths from road accidents and 1.76 million injuries from accidents on roads in the UK. With the improvements in road safety and safety features in vehicles, road fatalities have decreased substantially with the highest year for road deaths being 1941 although this was during World War II. Outside of wartime, the highest year was 1966 when there were 7,985 road fatalities.
Declines in road injuries and deaths have been ongoing since 1966 but the percentage of drivers that are injured or killed that is reported to police has remained steady since 1992 at around 40 %. Since 1987, successive governments have set national casualty reduction targets and over the years they have usually been met. By 1999, there had been great strides made and this could be seen by the fact that the UK was now second in having the lowest road accidents in all of Europe aside from Sweden.
However, there have been some critics of the data released by the department with hospital statistics for traffic accidents not matching up to the same figures in the report released by the Department of Transport. It was found that this discrepancy was due to a lack of reporting to the police of the injuries rather than a decline injuries.
If you are in a car crash and are injured then you may be able to receive compensation by making a claim with Accident Advice Helpline.
Who produces car crash reports for the UK?
A claim can be made by calling or texting Accident Advice Helpline. To discuss your accident in more detail with one of our expert advisers dial 0800 689 0500 from your land line, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile now.
Date Published: 1st June 2014
Author: David Brown