New Data Tool Helps Evaluate Accident Hotspots

The Department of Transport has released a new download tool to view statistics for road accidents across the UK (N. Ireland excluded). Results can be filtered by region, local authority, Police Force, type of casualty and type of road.

According to the RAC, the latest statistics for 2018 show that while we might expect faster roads to be more deadly, the figures actually reveal that roads with a speed limit between 21 and 30mph saw the highest share of fatal crashes (34%). Faster roads, with a limit of 61mph or more, represented only 7% of crashes yet accidents that did occur there were more deadly; accounting for 13% of fatal incidents.

Overall, although two-thirds of fatal road accidents in the UK happen on rural roads, the vast majority of total accidents occur in towns and cities.

Decrease in Casualties

In total, there were 160,597 casualties of all severities in 2018, including 1,784 fatalities. The annual number of deaths on the road has remained similar since 2012, but 2018’s overall casualties showed a welcome 6% decrease compared to 2017.

Road Accident Fatalities 2018

England - 1,521

Scotland - 160

Wales – 103

Total Male – 1,323

Total Female – 461

London Sees the Most Accidents

London reported 25,662 accidents, or 2,881 accidents per 1 million people, higher than any other region in the country.

Despite the frequency of accidents on London streets, the East Midlands reported more fatal accidents per million people with 37, and the South West with 31. There were 12 fatal accidents in the capital per 1 million people, placing it bottom of the list.

If comparing time of day as a factor in urban accidents, in 2018 London saw 61 fatalities in daylight, 47 in darkness (lit roads) and 1 on an unlit road in darkness. Meaning most road deaths in London occur during daytime.

Regional Differences

The South East had the highest volume of accidents at 19,164, followed by the North West with 12,701.

The new data tool is helpful in pinpointing areas with the most road accidents and the type of road involved. For example, in Scotland 117 fatal accidents occurred on a single carriageway compared to 27 on a dual carriageway.

Junctions Most Dangerous

When it comes to the location of accidents, the figures indicate staggered or T-junctions were the most dangerous. Staggered or T-junctions saw 29% of all accidents, far ahead of crossroads (9%) and roundabouts (8%).

Reports can be customised and downloaded at DFT website. https://roadtraffic.dft.gov.uk/custom-downloads/road-accidents