A report from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) will shock motorhome insurance providers across the UK today as figures for road deaths show an increase for the first time in almost a decade.
The disappointing figures showed that 1901 people lost their lives in road accidents in 2011, a 3% rise from the 1850 in 2010. Unfortunately 60 of those who died were children, an increase of 9% and 453 were pedestrians a rise of 12%. It will be difficult for experts to get a grip on the reasons for such an increase because confusing statistics arise across the whole spectrum of victims.
For instance although more children died, less were seriously injured, the actual number involved in accidents where serious injuries occurred hardly changing. Conversely an encouraging drop of 10% in the number of motorcyclists killed was offset by a 10% increase in the number of motorcyclists seriously injured and in fact the scale of accidents involving motorcyclists increased by 8%. Similar confusing statistics emerged from figures affecting cyclists. The 4% drop to 107 cyclists losing their lives will be seen as a great improvement considering the number of cyclists who now use the roads in the UK, but once again the encouraging drop in fatalities was overwhelmed by a 16% increase in cyclists seriously injured.
Of course, while RoSPA expressed extreme disappointment in the figures it has to be remembered the cut in deaths and serious injuries over the last few years has been dramatic. However, many of those in road safety and motor insurance believe a lack of leadership involving road safety campaigns from the Government has a bearing on the figures, and indeed RoSPA has called on the Government to bring local authorities and police forces together to see what can be done to halt this blot on road safety in the UK.