UK Road Traffic Accident Statistics

Car Breakers PeterboroughThe total number of fatalities on UK roads continues to fall, compared with 2012 figures and drastically down compared with published results from the 1980s. 2013 recorded the lowest number of deaths since records began (in 1926). The number of people killed peaked in 1966 at 7985.

It is a testament to the UK that, despite road traffic increasing by 25% in the last 15 years, the number of casualties is at an all-time low.

It is a little known fact but road traffic accidents account for more deaths around the world than Malaria and a leading cause of deaths amount young persons (aged 5-29). Up to 50 million individuals are injured globally every year!

2013 UK Highlights;

  • On average less than 5 people were killed in reported road traffic accidents in the UK, 2% less than 2012. Impressively, this is the lowest number of fatalities since 1926 when records began.
  • Not including 2011, road fatalities have fallen year-on-year since 2004. It is assumed that the spike in numbers for 2011 was due to the heavy snow falls experienced in the UK at the beginning of that year.

Britain maintains one of the best records compared to the rest of the world for road traffic accidents.

For the full and downloadable results please click here. The data on the government website can also be dissected by age, gender, road type and type of road user.