(PRWEB UK) 23 February 2013
The Department for Transport has recently published its provisional road casualty estimates for the third quarter of 2012. Tiger.co.uk, one of the UK’s leading websites for cheap car insurance quotes, has reviewed and commented on the report, highlighting some positive improvements in road casualty figures but also some worrying trends.
There were around 200,000 reported road casualties for the 12 months between September 2011 and September 2012, 3% less than the previous year. Furthermore, during this period there were 1,760 fatalities, a 7% drop on the year before. Whilst this decline is seemingly good news, the number of killed or seriously injured (KSI) road casualties increased by 2% to around 25,000.
Against a backdrop of a 0.2 % increase in total traffic, the number of fatal accidents on major roads fell by 9% and the number of fatal and serious accidents fell by 2%. Minor roads, however, saw a worrying 5% rise in fatal and serious accidents.
The report’s analysis of recent trends for the most vulnerable groups of road users produces a different picture dependent upon whether the focus is on overall casualties or KSI incidence. KSI numbers recorded amongst motorcyclists fell by 2% 2012 versus 2011, yet pedestrian and pedal cyclist KSI numbers rose by 6% and 7% respectively when compared with the previous year. When comparing the number of casualties overall, which also includes minor injuries, the report produces a slightly different picture. All pedestrian casualties actually fell by 3% and all motorcycle casualties rose by 1%.
These trends in more serious accident rates have alarmed a number of road safety charities, including the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). It has called for changes to the driving test to make drivers much more aware of cyclists and pedestrians; for improved infrastructure for cyclists, including more segregated cycle paths; and for the government’s commitment to reinstating the funding for road safety campaigns and education.
Commenting on the Department for Transport report, Andrew Goulborn, Tiger.co.uk’s Commercial Director, said: “It is good to see a drop in casualties but a rise in KSI numbers is a cause for concern. It seems that more does need to done to ensure that the most vulnerable road users, including pedestrians, are protected and consideration needs to be given to the safety of minor roads. Drivers should always ensure that they have adequate car insurance in place to protect themselves and others, and importantly, be aware of cyclists and pedestrians.”
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