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Latest 2012 Quarterly Road Casualty Figures Report Good And Bad News

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17th December 2013
The latest Reported Road Casualties in Gt. Britain Report for the Second Quarter of 2012 was published on the 1st November by the Department of Transport. As might be expected, there is good and bad news, not least for for the impact upon accident claims.

While there was a 6 per cent drop in the number of people killed on UK roads in the year ending in June 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, the number of people killed or seriously injured in the same period rose by 1 per cent from 24,610 in 2011 to 24,870 in June 2012.

Good news versus bad news once again. There was a reported fall by 3 per cent in reported injury accidents to 148, 100 and by 4 per cent to 199,740 for reported casualties of all major accidents including slight injuries, serious injuries and fatalities.

However, there have been year-on-year increases in deaths and serious injuries of all those classified as vulnerable road users, most notably cyclists and pedestrians. While deaths and serious injuries rose by 5 per cent for pedestrians and motorcyclists, the figure for pedal cyclists has nearly doubled to 9 per cent.

The quarterly figures also show that while there was little difference in the rate of decline between major and minor roads over the period, the fall in accident numbers was greater on roads in non-built-up areas (6 per cent) than in built-up areas (2 per cent).

Unfortunately, the figures may also have been kept artificially down by the unusual and prolonged rainfall during the second quarter. As a result, fewer people were actually using the roads in 2012 because of the wet weather, according to the Department for Transport.

Renewed concern over accident casualty figures rising once again in the long dark winter months may be well founded as a separate survey conducted by the Halfords Group Plc, reveals that the average number of road accidents reported in November rose significantly by 1,168 over an average monthly figure to 14,908.

Lack of preparation for the darker nights was also cited as a key concern as the study also found that only around one in motorists had actually changed head or tail light bulbs and just one in five had replaced wiper blades.

The Department for Transport have also stated that November 19 is the worst day for road traffic accidents. Records show that 2007 and 2011, there were 532 accidents reported on the day.

It won’t just be personal injury solicitors who will be watching the date approach with some caution. All motorists should be exercising extra care too.