Statistics as part of Road Safety Week

East Midlands Ambulance Service.
East Midlands Ambulance Service.

As part of their road safety week (Monday, November 20, to Sunday, November 26) the charity Brake have released research findings into the impact of road collisions.

Lincolnshire Police have shared findings (below) in support of the campaign.

•Road collisions responsible for one in five trauma admissions to hospitals

•One in five patients admitted to trauma centres last year were involved in road crashes – the second largest cause of admissions, according to figures obtained by road safety charity Brake

An additional analysis of more than 75,000 road crash trauma patients in the last decade shows that:

•Young people account for more than one in five (21%) admissions – the largest affected age group

•Children make up the biggest age group of pedestrian casualties, comprising almost one in six (17%) admissions

•Motorcyclists comprise the largest proportion of admissions (25%), followed by drivers (23%), pedestrians (21%) and cyclists (16%)

•Almost a third (32%) of pedestrians, and almost a quarter (24%) of cyclists, suffer serious head injuries

•Speeding was a factor in almost a quarter (22%) of fatal crashes on roads in Britain last year, according to Government statistics

The analysis marks the start of Road Safety Week, which this year urges people to slow down to cut crashes and fatalities, and reduce the severity of injuries on roads.

One in five (20%) patients admitted to trauma centres were involved in road crashes in 2016 according to new figures obtained by Brake, the road safety charity.

Road collisions were the second largest cause of trauma admissions, after falls from less than two metres.

Last year, 11,486 road users – the equivalent of 31 a day – were admitted to trauma centres in England and Wales with life-threatening injuries.

The regions with the highest proportion of road collision trauma patients were the Thames Valley (25%), North West London (23%), the West Midlands (23%), the East Midlands (22%) and East England (22%).

Brake commissioned an analysis by the Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN), which records information about patients admitted to trauma centres, set up to deal with the most severe injuries in England and Wales.

In the East Midlands, 22% were admissions to trauma centres and units following road traffic collisions (2016) and the number of road crash trauma admission is 2016 was 617.

Jason Wakeford, director of campaigns for Brake, the road safety charity, said: “Not only do needless road collisions cause untold suffering but they also place an enormous strain on the NHS and other public services.

“Speeding is a factor in many deadly crashes and remains a major problem. Driving is unpredictable and if something unexpected happens on the road ahead, such as a child stepping out from between parked cars, it’s a driver’s speed that determines whether they can stop in time and, if they can’t, how hard they will hit.

“That’s why we’re encouraging everyone to ‘Speed Down Save Lives’ for Road Safety Week this year.”

For more, visit www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk