Provisional 2020 casualty data reveals
16% drop in UK road deaths


Provisional UK road casualty data released today has shown that road deaths dropped by 16% in 2020, compared with the previous year.

The Department for Transport’s ‘Reported road casualties Great Britain, provisional results: 2020’ reveals that there were 1,472 reported road deaths last year, compared to 1,748 in 2019.

The reduction, the first in eight years, almost certainly occurred as a result of the Covid-19 travel restrictions.

The findings also show:

  • There were an estimated 23,486 killed or seriously injured (KSI) casualties in 2020 - a decrease of 22% compared to the same period in 2019
  • There were 115,333 casualties of all severities in 2020 - a decrease of 25% from 2019
  • The reduction in road traffic followed a similar trend in the same period and decreased by 21%

More information on the impact of lockdown on road casualty figures can be found here: Road casualties: the impact of lockdown.






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