The Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain Annual Report for 2014 shows a 4% increase in the number of people that died in car accidents, and it also indicated that the number of serious injuries rose during the same period. 1,775 people were reported as having been killed in a road accident, with a further 22,807 reported as having suffered serious injuries after an accident.
The report also highlighted some of the reasons behind the accidents that caused fatalities and injuries, with drivers failing to look properly being cited as the most common cause of fatal accidents. Some of the increase has been attributed to a 2.4% rise in the number of cars on the road, but this doesn’t account for the total rise. However, while the government has said that the rise is not statistically significant, motoring groups and some charities have a different opinion on the matter.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists used the opportunity to call for the reintroduction of road safety targets, saying that they were particularly concerned with the fact that driver fault was to blame for the majority of accidents that occurred. They also said that greater attention should be paid to preventing pedestrian deaths and said that car design could help meet targets to ensure that pedestrians were safer, and that if any were involved in accidents then there would be less chance of the accident proving fatal.
Experts have said that the increase in traffic has come as a result of the country coming out of recession, and they have also warned that as the economy continues to improve then the number of cars on the road will also increase. Using the latest statistics as a guide, this implies that the number of accidents, and the number of fatalities and serious injuries, will also increase.
Some experts have said that an ageing population explains why there was a sharp increase in the number of pedestrians aged over 60 that were involved in these accidents, and cautioned that more needed to be done to help ensure their safety.