The number of people killed in road accidents reported to the police has increased, by 3 per cent, from 1,850 in 2010 to 1,901 in 2011. Just under half (46 per cent) of all fatalities were car occupants, nearly a quarter (24 per cent) were pedestrians, while motorcyclists accounted for just under a fifth (19 per cent) of all fatalities.
The number of car occupant fatalities in 2011 increased to 883, up 6 per cent compared to 2010, following a general downward trend in deaths since 2003. However, the number seriously injured in accidents reported to the police continued to fall, by 6 per cent to 8,342. Total reported casualties among car users were 124,924, 7 per cent less than 2010. Car and taxi traffic slightly increased by 0.2 per cent over the same period.
There were 453 pedestrian deaths, 12 per cent more than in 2010. Seriously injured pedestrian casualties in accidents reported to the police also increased, by 5 per cent, to 5,454. These increases are set against a generally downward trend in the number of pedestrian casualties and fatalities since the 1970s.
The number of pedal cyclists killed fell by 4 per cent from 111 in 2010 to 107 in 2011. However, the number of casualties reported to the police as seriously injured in a road accident increased by 16 per cent to 3,085. Total reported casualties among pedal cyclists also rose, by 12 per cent, compared to 2010. Pedal cyclist traffic levels are estimated to have risen by 2.2 per cent over the same period.
There were 362 motorcycle users killed in 2011 a 10 per cent decrease compared to 2010 and in line with the trend for motorcycle fatalities. However the number of users reported as seriously injured increased by 10 per cent to 5,247. Total reported motorcycle user casualties increased by 8 per cent to 20,150 in 2011. Motorcycle traffic increased by 0.9 per cent over the same period.
Casualties on motorways decreased for all severities (killed, serious, slight down 1, 7 and 6 per cent respectively) against an increase of 1 per cent in traffic. The number of casualties on non built-up roads also fell but to a lesser extent (down 1, 3 and 5 per cent). Slight casualties on built-up roads also fell (by 2 per cent) but fatalities and serious casualties increased (by 10 and 5 per cent respectively)
Adverse weather (heavy snow falls) experienced in the first and last quarters of 2010 but not in 2011 are likely to be a factor in the increase in serious road casualties and fatalities recorded in 2011.
The full report is available on the DfT website.