Research & reports

Title: Road deaths - the figures behind the tragedies

Organisation: RAC Foundation
Date uploaded: 14th January 2013
Date published/launched: May 2012

This report shows that road accidents eclipse stabbings, shootings, suicide by hanging and substance abuse combined, as the biggest cause of death amongst the young other than illness.

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This report is an RAC Foundation Briefing Note for the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety. It shows road accidents eclipse stabbings, shootings, suicide by hanging and substance abuse combined, as the biggest cause of death amongst the young other than illness.

Key statistics
• In 2009 2,605 people died in road traffic accidents in the UK. While this made up only 0.5% of all deaths in the UK in that year, for those in the 15-19 age group road accidents account for 25% of all deaths. What’s more, fatal accidents on the roads are largely preventable.

• The largest number of deaths in the UK result from conditions such as heart disease (33% of all deaths), cancer (28% of all deaths) and respiratory diseases (14% of all deaths).

• External causes of death, which tend to be less disease and medical focused, accounted for 3.8% of all fatalities in 2009. Road traffic accidents make up 13% of all external causes of death. For the 10-14 age group road accidents make up over 50% of all external causes of death.

• 15-19 years olds experience almost double the risk of death from road traffic
accidents (82.5 deaths per million population) in comparison to the general population (42.2 deaths per million population). For males in this age group the risk is higher still at 127.3 deaths per million population.

• There is also a significant and notable disparity between the deaths caused by road traffic accidents between men and women, with men being over three times as likely to die from a road accident.

For more information contact:
Elizabeth Box

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Reviews (1)

Very succinct, without unnecessary rhetoric. I like it!

Timothy Lincoln - Worthing Advanced Motorists.