Government Figures Highlight Sharp Rise In Road Deaths In 2014

380 People Killed On British Roads In First Three Months Of The Year

07.08.2014

Dave Grimshaw, Press Officer | 0114 274 4397
New government figures have estimated that the number of road deaths increased dramatically in the first three months of 2014.

The statistics revealed that 380 people were killed on Britain’s roads in the period between January and March, a 13 per cent rise on the number of fatalities in the same period in 2013.

The latest figures showed that the number of pedestrians killed or seriously injured (KSIs) increased by 16 per cent in the period, while cyclist KSIs rose by 27 per cent to 690 in the three-month period.

A total of 5,500 incidents of deaths and serious injuries occurred in the first quarter of the year, which represents a 17 per cent rise, while the number of slight injuries also grew by 16 per cent.

Expert Opinion
It is troubling to see that the number of deaths and serious injuries on Britain’s roads increased in the first three months of the year.

“Through our work to secure justice and vital funds for injured victims and the families of those killed in road traffic collisions across Britain, we have seen first-hand the devastating impact collisions can have on the lives of those involved, as well as their friends and family.

“It is particularly concerning that incidents involving vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists, have increased in the first quarter of the year. It is vital road users respect others on the road and remain vigilant, as a lack of concentration for a split second can lead to life-changing injuries or even fatalities when a vulnerable road user is involved.

“We would also urge the government and local authorities to take a close look at these figures, geographic data related to incidents and examine what can be done to potential improve the safety of routes or introduce new measures to protect road users and pedestrians from harm.

“It is vital that all parties collaborate and work together towards the ultimate aim of improving road safety.”
Jonathan Peacock, Partner