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Department for Transport reveals decrease in road fatalities

The Department for Transport’s annual report into the number of fatalities on UK roads has revealed that there were 1,713 deaths last year. This is a 2.3% decrease from 2012’s figures, and marks the fewest fatal accidents in one year since the turn of the millennium.

The figures below show how the DfT has broken down these statistics into different types of road user:

 

2012

2013

Pedestrians420398
Cyclists118109
Motorcyclists/passengers328331
Car drivers/passengers801785
Other road users8790
Total17541713

 

As you can see, fewer pedestrians, car occupants and cyclists were involved in a fatal accident last year, while there was a slight increase in the number of motorcyclists and ‘other road users’ affected.

It is the ninth time in ten years that the overall figures have decreased, with only 2011 breaking this trend. Analysts have suggested that the 2.8% rise experienced that year was down to heavy snowfall in the latter part of the year making conditions on the road more hazardous than usual.

However, further analysis of the data revealed there are still areas of concern. The AA were keen to highlight the fact that motorway fatalities had in fact increased for the first time since 2005, while shadow roads minister Richard Burden was concerned about a rise in the number of children involved in these accidents while walking.

What to do if a loved one is fatally injured on the road

While the figures are decreasing, it is clear that fatalities on the road remain a concern for many, and at five road deaths per day these accidents continue to have a profound effect on many families.

If your family has been affected by a fatal road accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, Croftons Solicitors can provide all the assistance you need.

As well as offering the necessary legal guidance, we will also be on hand with the emotional support required during this distressing time. Our team will treat your case with the care and sensitivity it deserves, helping you work through this challenging time.

Call us today on 0800 2800 094 to find out how we could help you, or let us know about your case using the enquiry form on this page.

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