Road Deaths Increase by 4%
In our latest brief Thomas Carroll Management Services highlight how road deaths across the UK have increased by 4%.
Annual statistics released by Department for Transport have revealed 1,792 reported road deaths across the UK in 2016, compared to 1,730 deaths in 2015 – an average of five people each and every day.
This compares to 137 fatal injuries arising from accidents at work.
In addition, a total of 24,101 people were seriously injured last year, a rise of 9% from 2015. The figures also reveal there has been no reduction in deaths of people on foot, bicycles and motorbikes since 2012.
Daily carnage on the roads
Brake, the road safety charity, described the figures as “daily carnage”.
Jason Wakeford, director of campaigns for Brake, said: “These figures graphically illustrate the daily carnage taking place on roads across Britain. On average, five people continue to lose their lives each and every day, a deeply worrying figure which has not improved for some six years”.
Employers’ duty of care
Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, described the figures as a ‘familiar story’. He said: “Employers should be reminded of their duty of care to employees who drive”.
“Around a third of people who are hurt on the roads are driving for work. Professional drivers must not be put under so much pressure to meet deadlines and targets that they cut safety corners.”
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