The number of vehicles on Britain’s roads increases steadily every year. According to records held by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) there were some 34.2 million vehicles on our roads in 2012, with cars making up the vast majority with a total of 28.5 million. Whilst the rate of increase of vehicles has slowed since the recession, there has still been an average increase of 0.4% per year since 2008.
With such a vast number of vehicles on Britain’s roads, it would be reasonable to assume that accidents are also on the increase. We take a look at some road accident statistics to see if this is indeed the case.
Road Accident Statistics for 2012
The most recent road accident statistics available from the Department for Transport cover the year to the end of September 2012.
- 1,760 fatalities reported from road accidents – a 7% drop on the previous year
- The number of people killed or seriously injured rose to 24,860 – a 2% increase on 2011 figures
- The total number of fatal accidents on major roads fell by 9% and total fatal or serious accidents fell by 2%
- There was, however, a 5% increase in fatal and serious accidents on minor roads
Whilst these road accident statistics show a slight decrease overall in casualties on our roads in the last year, the number of road users and pedestrians injured in road traffic accidents remains substantial, with casualties totalling 197,730 from 146,980 reported accidents.
What to do if you are involved in a road traffic accident
If you have been injured in an accident on the road in the last three years through somebody else’s fault, don’t simply accept your place in the road accident statistics.
All drivers in the UK are required by law to hold a valid insurance policy which covers third party liability. It is this insurance that covers compensation claims for personal injuries.
Accident Advice Helpline is one of the most experienced advice and compensation providers in the industry. We’ve been helping innocent victims of road traffic accidents claim the compensation they deserve since 2000.
We will make an initial assessment of your claim during an initial free, no-obligation consultation, and advise whether it is in your best interests to pursue a claim. We handle all cases with complete integrity, and to underline this we are recommended by renowned consumer champion Esther Rantzen.
If you decide to go ahead with a claim, we will pass your case on to one of our specialist legal partners. We have a nationwide panel of around 200 independent solicitors’ firms, and will select the one best placed to make a successful claim on your behalf. All cases are taken on a no win no fee* basis, so there’s nothing to lose, and nothing to pay if you don’t win.
Try our 30 second test to find out how much you could claim, click Claim Now to start your claim online, or call our 24-hour helpline on 0800 180 4123.