Reported road accidents involving young car drivers: Great Britain 2009. Road Accident Statistics Factsheet No. 6 – 2009

  • Published: Department for Transport (2011, September)
  • Authors: Department for Transport
  • Date Added: 12 Jan 2018
  • Last Update: 12 Jan 2018
  • Format: pdf


The objective of the study was to present detailed statistics on circumstances of personal injury accidents, including the types of vehicles involved, the resulting casualties and contributory factors.


Most of the statistics in the report are based on information about accidents reported to the police. However, other sources such as mortality, survey and hospital data are also used as well as population and traffic data to outline a wider context.

Key Findings:

  • In 2009, 26% of all accidents, i.e. 42,000 involved at least one car driver aged from 17 to 24 years old.

  • At the same time, they represented 12% of all licence holders.

  • Accidents involving drivers aged from 17 to 24 years old resulted in 1.56 casualties on average, whereas this ratio ran at 1.36 casualties for all reported accidents.

  • Most accidents involving the drivers aged 17 to 24 years old occurred on Friday and the fewest were reported on Sunday, which reflected the general pattern for all accidents.

  • The greatest number of fatal or serious accidents happened on Saturday.

  • Urban areas were the sites of the most accidents involving the drivers aged from 17 to 24 years (57%), these accidents accounted for 55% of casualties in young driver accidents.