Reported Road Casualties Great Britain 2013 Annual Report

  • Published: Department for Transport, September 2014
  • Authors: Department for Transport
  • Date Added: 08 Jan 2015
  • Last Update: 08 Jan 2015
  • Format: pdf


To present detailed statistics regarding the circumstances of personal injury road collisions, including the types of vehicles involved, the resulting casualties, and factors which may contribute to the collisions.


Majority of the statistics in the report are based on information about collisions reported to the police.

Key Findings

  • Pedal cyclists accounted for 11% of all road casualties in 2013, 6% of road deaths, 15% of serious injuries and 10% of slight injuries.

  • Pedal cyclist deathshave fallen over the long term, but have fluctuated between roughly 100 and 120 over the last six years.

  • In 2013, 109 pedal cyclist were killed, an 8%decrease from 2012.

  • The number of pedal cyclists seriously injuredalso fell by 2% to 3,143, the first decrease in reported seriously injured cyclist casualties since 2004.

  • The total number of pedal cyclist casualtiesin road accidents in 2013 was 19,438, up 2% from the 2012.

  • Malesmake up more than 80% of pedal cyclist casualties. Of the 109 pedal cyclist fatalities in 2013, 20% were femaleand 80% male.

  • Pedal cycle trafficlevels rose by 1% between 2012 and 2013.

  • Reporting rates for pedal cyclists are lower than for other road users, and cyclist non-fatal casualties are amongst the most likely to be underreported, especially where the pedal cycle was the only vehicle involved.

  • Trends in pedal cyclist casualties can be partly explained by changes in how much people cycle, so it is important to consider the number of pedal cyclist casualties per mile cycled.

  • On urban roads pedal cyclists comprise roughly a fifth of casualties, whereas on rural roads they account for around 10%.


National statistics.