Rural Road Safety

More deaths occur on rural roads than on urban ones. In 2014, there were 982 fatal accidents on rural roads compared to 591 on urban roads.1

The number of serious and slight injury collisions is higher in urban areas; in 2014 there were 94,701 on urban roads and 44,418 on rural roads. These figures show that whilst the number of collisions is higher in urban areas there is a greater chance of dying on rural roads, with 59% of the fatalities occurring.

Our Rural Road Safety (2017) factsheet provides an overview of the statistics and the common causes of collisions on rural roads.

All Road Casualties, GB 2015

    2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Rural Roads Killed 1,081 941 991 982 943
Serious Injuries 8,017 7,806 7,644 8,189 7,907
Slight Injuries 38,204 36,829 35,493 36,229 34,536
Urban Roads Killed 624 616 520 591 577
Serious Injuries 12,359 12,549 11,436 11,892 11,515
Slight Injuries 85,370 81,215 77,179 82,809 79,028
Motorways Killed 92 80 97 85 96
Serious Injuries 610 546 544 595 616
Slight Injuries 5,117 4,989 4,756 4,950 4,838

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