Road Deaths Rise

The Department of Transport has released its latest road safety report.  It makes tragic reading with increased numbers of people being killed and injured on our roads.

  • 1,730 road deaths - up 1%
  • 24,360 people killed or seriously injured - up 4%
  • 192,910 total reported casualties - up 5%.

The report, which covers the 12 months up to September 2014, confirms the overall casualty rate for every mile travelled by all of our vehicles rose 3%.  So the higher casualty figures are not just due to us travelling more.  Our roads have actually become more dangerous.

Child Casualties Rise – first time in 20 years

  • 2,060 child deaths and serious injuries - up 3%
  • 16,640 total child casualties - up 6% - the first rise in 20 years
  • 3,500 cyclist deaths and serious injuries - up 8%.


The road safety charity Brake, expressing dismay at the report, called on political parties to make the following general election commitments to reduce casualties:

  • Reduce the urban speed limit to 20mph
  • Introduce graduated driver licensing
  • Introduce a drink drive limit of 20mg per 100ml of blood.

Head Injury UK: Road Traffic Claim Experts

Our specialist solicitors understand the tragedy of serious or fatal road accidents and support Brake’s aim of trying to stop preventable road accidents.  If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a serious road accident, please contact Ian Shovlin or call on 0800 073 0988.



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