A freedom of Information Act request has shown that the number of casualties on the road has increased by 9% this spring compared to spring 2013. Although the number of deaths has remained largely stable, serious injuries and minor injuries have both increased considerably. The number of casualties suffered in cars has increased, while the number of cycling deaths has also increased.
Annual figures have increased by 4%, and some of the increase during the months April through to June, has been attributed to the unusually warm weather that the UK enjoyed this year, but motoring groups, the government, and the police have said that greater driver education is required in order to help reduce the number of injuries and accidents that occur, and that it is vital that action is taken in order to reduce the number of deaths and major injuries.
Busier roads are often blamed for an increase in accidents. The more cars there are, the closer they are likely to be to one another, and there is also the added possibility of angry drivers paying less attention to good road sense. Those that have been waiting in hot cars, possible with children in the back seats getting bored, during the milder and even warm spring months this year, could have been a part of the reason why the country saw an increase in the number of casualties that were suffered on the roads.
A total of 440 deaths were reported during the three month period, compared to 439 the year before, but this figure jumps significantly when major injuries are also included. There were 6,280 major injuries and deaths in the three months, which represented a 7% increase compared to 2013, and when minor injuries were also included, there was a 9% year on year increase.
One of the major areas for concern was a 10% increase in the number of cycling casualties. The government and health groups, as well as cycling charities, continue to enjoy witnessing the popularity of road cycling, and have even avoided calls to make helmets a legal requirement in the hope that they can continue to encourage people to cycle, but greater safety is required.