Reported Road Casualties Great Britain: 2013 annual report

  • Published: Department for Transport, 2014
  • Authors: Department for Transport
  • Date Added: 30 Dec 2014
  • Last Update: 30 Dec 2014
  • Format: pdf


This report delivers statistics relating to all Road Traffic Incidents (RTIs) reported to the police in Great Britain in 2013.


Statistics are compiled from the STATS19 database of road traffic RTIs.

Key Findings:

  • In 2013, the number of reported casualties (across all road user groups) was highest in the hours beginning at 8am and 5pm during Monday to Thursday (9,582 casualties and 10,592 casualties respectively).·

  • In 2013, there were:

    • 7 fatal RTIs, 97 serious RTIs and 349 slight RTIs with the contributory factor “Not displaying lights at night or in poor visibility” assigned. Poor visibility includes twilight or other poor light conditions and/or weather related conditions (e.g. rain or fog).

    • These figures include cyclists riding at night without lights as well as motor vehicle driver/riders who have failed to turn on their lights (whether intentionally or not).

    • 4 fatal RTIs, 112 serious RTIs and 439 slight RTIs with the contributory factor “Rider wearing dark clothing” assigned.

    • 68 fatal RTIs, 242 serious RTIs and 514 slight RTIs with the contributory factor “Pedestrians wearing dark clothing at night” assigned.


The national road casualty statistics remain the single largest source of RTI data. It includes contributory factors, which give an indication of the role that daylight hours might play in RTIs.