With numbers of vehicles increasing on roads, cases of accidents are increasing as well. Everyone seems to be in a hurry to reach one’s destination and sometimes this excess hurry is causing accidents. Accidents are of various kinds. While some accidents have proved to be fatal, some of them cause grave injuries that take long to recover. Again there are cases of minor accidents leading to cuts and bruises.
Statistics of yearly accidents that took place in UK
Taking a look at the statistics of yearly accidents that took place in UK will surprise you to no extent. The data presented here is for the year 2013 (till September).
Total numbers of road casualties that took place in UK were 184,010. The numbers include all kinds of accidents – both severe and minor. When compared to the figures of last year 2012, the numbers of casualties dropped by 7%. In September 2012, the numbers of casualties were reported to be 197,700.
Talking of road accident deaths in UK, 1,730 people were reported to have lost their lives in road accidents in the country. Number of people who were severely injured in accidents and nearly lost their lives numbered to 23,380, which is a drop of 6% compared to 2012.
Between July and September 2013, 470 people have been killed in road accidents. The numbers remain unchanged from 2012. Rates of casualties dropped to 3-4%, when compared to the time frame in 2012.
Child casualties in road accidents in UK in 2013 dropped quite a bit. Almost 11% drop in rates of all kinds of casualties was seen till September 2013.
Road accident situations are improving, but with little awareness and alertness, the numbers can drop further.
Possible reasons that lead to road accidents in UK
There are innumerable factors that might lead to road accidents in UK. Some of the most common ones are follows:
Driver’s error or misjudgment
This is probably the biggest reason for road accidents in UK. Going through road accident statistics can easily bring to notice that majority of the accidents took place due to driver’s mistakes. He could not judge the other car’s speed or path. Loss of control of the car also contributed to 34% road crashes in UK. The driver’s error of reaction has caused fatalities too.
This is a common cause of many road accidents. The driver might drive recklessly, not following traffic rules and exceeding speed limits leading to fatal accidents.
Driving under influence of narcotics and alcohol
Many drivers drive under influence of drugs and alcohol and cause disastrous accidents.
Good quality headlights can help in reducing the accident rate
Driving at night without proper headlights can cause grave road accidents. Therefore it is recommended to install good quality, high precision headlights in your vehicles to avoid road mishaps. LED headlights have become a popular choice with people as they provide perfect lighting as required. They do not hamper clarity of vision and are soft on the eyes. These lights might be expensive when compared to general headlights, but installing them will keep you protected while driving at night for sure.