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Using data from the reported road casualties report for Great Britain (to September 2017) we’ve compared how dangerous the UK’s roads are for pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and car users.

Road traffic accident statistics for 2017

21,010 people were killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents in the year ending September 2017.  Of those, 1720 were fatalities.

During the same period, the overall number of casualties decreased by 5% to 174,510, despite motor traffic levels rising by 1%.

The infographic below shows how the above statistics are broken up into mode of transportation:

infographic road traffic accidents 2017

The most dangerous methods of transport

To summarise the figures from National Statistics, the most dangerous mode of transport was to travel by car.  This was true for total number of casualties as well as the number of casualties that were fatalities or serious injuries.

Order of danger by total number of casualties

  1. Car (101160)
  2. Pedestrian (24540)
  3. Motorcycle (18620)
  4. Cyclist (18450)

Order of danger by number of fatalities and serious injuries

  1. Car (9680)
  2. Pedestrian (6270)
  3. Motorcycle (6050)
  4. Cyclist (3750)

What are classed as serious road traffic accident injuries?

The  Police Force’s Collision Reporting and Sharing system (CRASH) classifies road traffic injuries using the following levels of severity:


  • Shock
  • Bruising
  • Sprains and strains
  • Shallow cuts/lacerations/abrasions
  • Whiplash or neck pain

Less serious

  • Fractured lower leg/ankle/foot
  • Fractured arm/collarbone/hand
  • Deep cuts/lacerations
  • Other head injury

Moderately serious

  • Loss of arm or leg (part of)
  • Fractured pelvis or upper leg
  • Other chest injury (not bruising)
  • Deep penetration wound
  • Multiple severe injuries, conscious

Very serious

  • Broken neck or back
  • Severe head injury, unconscious
  • Severe chest injury, any difficulty breathing
  • Internal injuries
  • Multiple severe injuries, unconscious

No-Win No-Fee road traffic accident claims

The majority of road traffic accident claims are undertaken on a ‘No-Win No-Fee’ basis through a Conditional Fee Agreement.  This means that when making a claim for compensation following a road traffic accident that was not your fault, there is no financial risk to you.

How to claim for road traffic accident compensation

Our road traffic accident solicitors are highly experienced in successfully claiming compensation for pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, car drivers and their passengers when they are involved in road traffic accidents.

To speak to a specialist in road traffic accident claims today, call us or pop in to your local Leicestershire branch:

Leicester – call us on 0116 254 8871.

Hinckley – call us on 01455 639 900.

Market Harborough – call us on 01858 467 181.



Infographic transcript

Road traffic accident statistics

Comparing the year ending September 2017 with the previous year.


Pedestrian casualties increased by 4% to 24540.  Of these 26% (6270) of people were killed or seriously injured.


Pedal cyclist injuries neither increased nor decreased.  There were 18450 casualties, of which 20% (3750) of people were killed or seriously injured.


Motorcycle casualties decreased by 4% to 18620.  Of these 32% (6050) of people were killed or seriously injured.

Car users

Car user casualties decreased by 8% to 101160.  Of these, 10% (9680) of people were killed or seriously injured.