Serious traffic accidents in the UK

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Serious traffic accidents in the UK – The statistics

Since 2007 the number of casualties as a result of serious traffic accidents in the UK, has been dropping reported the Department of Transport (excludes information from Northern Island).

Below is a table showing serious traffic accidents in the UK (excluding Northern Ireland) between 2007 and 2011.

All road users

YEAR

     2007               2008              2009               2010              2011

Killed

2,946

2,538

2,222

1,850

1,901

Seriously injured

27,774

26,034

24,690

22,660

23,122

Slightly injured

217,060

202,33

195,234

184,138

178,927

All casualties

247,780

230,905

222,146

208,648

203,950

 

From the table you can see that although the total number of serious traffic accidents in the UK has dropped from 2007 to 2011, though there was a slight increase in fatalities and seriously injured between 2010 and 2011.

The traffic in the UK has exploded over the last few decades, however it has one of the best road safety records in Europe and the rest of the world. Despite the slight increase between 2010 and 2011, the number of people injured or killed in road traffic accidents has fallen significantly since the 1980’s. It is important not to get complacent and continually work to reduce the number of accidents on our roads.

Preventing accidents

Accident Advice Helpline deals with hundreds of road traffic accident compensation claims each year. We have put together a list of useful tips on preventing a traffic accident in the first place.

  • Concentrate. Do not get distracted whilst driving. Do not use your mobile phone whilst driving. It is actually illegal to use you phone without a hands-free kit. Wait until you can stop your car and park safely.
  • Adhere to the speed limit. It is there for a reason. In built up areas you risk a young child suddenly running into the road.
  • Think fast. Hesitation can be dangerous – if the light is amber decide whether you will continue or stop. You will need to check what the car in front of you and behind you is doing too.
  • Drive according to the weather conditions. When it is raining or snowing it will take you longer to brake – slow down.
  • Keep up to date with car maintenance. You want to make sure your car is road worthy and safe. Especially keep an eye on your brake lights and tyres.
  • Refresh your knowledge by looking through the Highway Code. It may have been a number of years since you passed your driving test. It is worth checking the Highway Code as it may have been updated or revised since you last had a look at it.
  • Take Pass Plus, a practical training course for drivers to improve their skills and drive more safely. Especially useful for young, inexperienced drivers and those who lack confidence.

If you do have the misfortune of being injured in a vehicle collision, serious traffic accidents UK specialists, Accident Advice Helpline can help you.

You will be advised on whether you do have a valid claim and also how much money you could potentially claim.

We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you have regarding the personal injury claims process.

So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.

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