Road Safety Week is the UK’s biggest road safety event, coordinated annually by Brake, the road safety charity. It takes place from 20 – 26 November 2017.
Road Safety Week aims to inspire thousands of schools, organisations and communities to take action on road safety and promote life-saving messages during the Week and beyond.
At Cromptons Solicitors we see first hand the devastating impact road traffic collisions can have not only on those involved but also on their loved ones.
We will be helping to raise awareness throughout Road Safety Awareness Week promoting life-saving messages and showing our commitment to road safety to employees and their families, customers, suppliers and in our local community.
In the lead up to Road Safety Awareness Week we thought it would be a good idea to display Road Safety National Statistics released by the Department for Transport for 2016.
There were 1,792 reported road deaths in 2016, an increase of 4% compared with 2015. This is the highest annual total since 2011.
There were 24,101 people seriously injured in reported road traffic accident in 2016.
In 2016, car occupants accounted for 46% of road deaths, pedestrians 25%, motorcyclists 18% and pedal cyclists 6%.
A further breakdown of these figures reveals that in 2016 a total of 816 car occupants, 448 pedestrians; 69 of these were children (up from 54 child deaths in 2015) and 319 motorcyclists were killed in 2016.
Of the 1,702 road deaths in 2016, the majority occurred on non-built-up roads. 789 deaths occurred on built up road with 93 on motorways.