Injuries: road traffic injuries

The Transport Scotland publication Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2014 presents statistics about the circumstances of personal injury due to road accidents in Scotland that were reported by the police using the Stats 19 statistical returns. Each accident is classified according to the severity of the injury of the most seriously injured person involved in the accident. Injury accidents not reported by the public to the police do not appear in these statistics. Details of all road accidents and casualties by severity are available in Table 2 of this workbook [76Kb].

Key points:

  • There were a total number of 11,268 casualties in 2014, 236 (2%) fewer than in 2013.
  • There were 200 people killed in road accidents in Scotland in 2014, 28 (16%) more than in 2013.
  • 1,699 people were seriously injured in road accidents in 2014, 27 (2%) more than in 2013.
  • 9,369 people were slightly injured in road accidents in 2014, 291 (3%) fewer than in 2013.
  • Time series for casualties by severity are presented in the chart (view chart).
  • 6,770 of the casualties were car users, and of those 93 were killed, that is approximately a 5% increase since 2013.
  • 1,744 of the casualties were pedestrians, and of those 57 were killed, that is a 50% increase since 2013 (Table [212Kb]).

 

The ISD publication Unintentional Injuries [547Kb] includes information about number of emergency admissions to acute hospitals in Scotland (until 31 March 2015), as a result of a road traffic accidents, for adults and children.

Key points:

  • In 2014/15 2,540 adults aged 17 years and over were emergency admitted to hospital as a result of a road traffic accident; the average length of hospital stay per episode was 3.5 days. (Table 10 [61Kb)]
  • 41% of adult emergency hospital admissions as a result of a road traffic accident were due to injuries obtained while in a car.  (Table 10 [61Kb)]
  • In 2014/15 375 children under 17 years of age were emergency admitted to hospital as a result of a road traffic accident; the average length of hospital stay per episode was 1.5 days. (Table 10 [61Kb)]

  • 40% of emergency hospital admissions as a result of a road traffic accident in children were due to pedestrian injury, while 30% were pedal cyclist injuries. (Table 10 [61Kb)]

  • Taking into account the age and sex breakdown of the population, there were more emergency admissions to hospital as a result of a road traffic accident in children aged under 15 in deprived areas than less deprived areas (the standardised discharge ratio was 48% higher in the most deprived area and 35% lower in the least deprived area compared to the Scottish average). (Table 9 [132Kb])

      

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