Injuries: road traffic injuries

The Transport Scotland publication, Key Reported Road Casualty Statistics Scotland 2012 presents statistics of the numbers of injury road accidents (that is, road accidents in which one or more people are injured or killed) in Scotland, which were reported by the police using the "Stats 19" statistical returns. Details of all road casualty data are in this Excel workbook(Table 12 from the Transport Scotland publication). Some key statistics from the above publication are illustrated in Chart 1 (view chart) and presented below, using provisional data for 2011:

  • The total number of casualties in 2012 (killed, serious and slight injuries combined) was 12,575, the lowest number since records began in 1950.
  • The number of people killed in road accidents in Scotland in 2012 was 170, 8% fewer than in 2011 and the lowest figure since current records began.
  • There were 1,959 people recorded as seriously injured in road accidents in 2012, 4% more than in 2011, but 14% fewer than in 2009. 

The above injury road accident statistics derived from police forces' "Stats 19" returns are not, however, comprehensive. The police can only report details of the accidents of which they are aware. There could be many injury accidents, not reported by the public to the police, which do not appear in the "Stats 19" returns. Key Reported Road Casualty Statistics Scotland 2012, therefore, contains analysis of "Stats 19" statistical returns, compared with figures from some other sources, including road death figures from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) and numbers of emergency admissions to hospital as the result of road traffic accidents. Some of the main conclusions of this analysis (see Table 12 in Excel workbook  from Key Reported Casualty Statistics Scotland 2012 for more detail) are:

  • "Stats 19" figures are a reliable measure of the level of, and trends in, the number of road deaths - they are very similar to NRS figures, but not the same due to definitional differences.
  • The figures for the total killed and seriously injured (KSI) have fallen by 40% between 2002 and 2012, compared with a fall of 38% in hospital admissions due to road traffic accidents (i.e. 48,402 to 46,518) in the same period.
  • The figures for the number of children child killed and severely injured have fallen by 63% between 2002 and 2012, compared with a fall of 55% in child hospital admissions due to road traffic accidents (i.e. 11,469 to 7,909) in the same period.

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