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Latest figures on Scottish road traffic accident casualties

Posted in: Road Traffic Accidents Wrongful & Accidental Death 

Transport Scotland has recently published statistics on road traffic accident casualties in Scotland for 2011.

The figures show that the number of fatalities on Scotland’s roads is down 11% on last year and 47% on 2001 data, and those seriously injured are down 5% on last year, and 45% on 2001. The figures also show that there were:

  • 9,974 reported injury accidents in 2011 — 3% fewer than in 2010 and the lowest number since accident records began in 1966;
  • 176 fatal accidents — 7% fewer than in 2010 (note that a fatal accident may involve more than one fatality);

Since 2001, reported injury road accidents have fallen by 32% whilst road traffic volume increased by 8%;

Young male car drivers (aged 17-25) were more likely to be involved in road traffic accidents, though the accident rates are reducing. In 2011 the accident rate for young drivers was one and three quarters times the accident rate of car drivers of all ages (4.9 per thousand population vs. 2.8 per thousand population). This is a reduction from 2.24 times the accident rate for all drivers in 2004-2008;

Around 750 casualties (6% of all reported casualties) were estimated to be due to drink-drive accidents in Scotland in 2010 (the latest year available), the same level as in GB as a whole.

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