Road Traffic Accidents on The Rise

Over half of UK road users have been in a road traffic accident, new study finds.

The number of people killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads up 6 per cent from previous year

New data has revealed that 52 per cent of people have been involved in a road traffic accident on Britain’s roads. The YouGov study of 2000 people has revealed that safety checks carried out by road users are insufficient, leading to an increasing number of collisions.

Only 30 per cent of people carry out basic safety checks, such as oil levels, tyre pressure and brake lights, according to the study. And 21 per cent of those surveyed admitted to never carrying out safety checks on their car.

According to official statistics, motor traffic levels have risen by 1.4 per cent over the past year, and the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads has gone up by 6 per cent – a total of 25,160 people.

Despite this fact, the overall casualty rate per vehicle mile decreased by 5 per cent, according to government statistics.

Patrick Mcguire,  Personal Injury Lawyer at Slater and Gordon, the firm that carried out the research said: “The number of people seriously injured on our roads has increased quite significantly over the past year. We have seen a rise in the number of claims from people involved in collisions, and we want to reduce this number.

“Our research reveals that too few people are carrying out basic safety checks on their vehicles before driving. Knowing how to check that your tyres are correctly inflated, or have the legal depth of tread is so important. Too many road traffic accidents are being caused by driver error or simple mechanical failure that could easily be prevented.

The Safe Journey initiative being run by Slater and Gordon aims to educate road users to reduce the number of casualties.

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