DfT Statistics Reveal Fall In Motor Vehicle Accidents

A total of 1,680 people died in motor vehicle accidents in the 12 months ending March 2013, the Department for Transport (DfT) has revealed.

This represents a 10% annual decrease on the year ending March 2012, which saw 1,870 people lose their lives.

Overall, 23,660 people were killed or seriously injured in road accidents in the year before March 2013, which is 6% less than the year preceding.

Similar declines were seen in the number of reported casualties in road accidents – in the year preceding March 2013 there were 188,890 casualties – 7% lower than the 203,305 seen in the preceding year.

Road traffic levels underwent a 1% year-on-year decline, whereas the number of reported child casualties in motor vehicle accidents fell by 14%, going from 19,131 to 16,460.

These statistics were collated using police data, rather than the number of motor vehicle accident claims or car accident compensation cases, but the DfT said they are the most reliable, complete and detailed single source of information about road accidents.

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