DfT figures showing an increase in the number of deaths and serious injuries on Britain’s roads could be masking a far worse situation, according to Cardinus Risk Management (Fleet News).
The DfT’s Reported Road Casualties 2011, published in June, revealed that the number of people killed in road collisions increased by 3% in 2011, and the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) also increased by 2%.
The DfT shows at total of 203,950 injuries on UK roads last year, but John Davidge, head of fleet technical at Cardinus Risk Management, believes these figures could be just the tip of the iceberg and that the real numbers are much higher.
Mr Davidge said: “We’re pretty sure we know about all the deaths on our roads but hospital figures alone reveal that there are injuries not reported to police, and therefore not in the stats. Despite all the hype about whiplash, there are genuine cases not felt until days later, which are seldom officially recorded.
“An educated estimate is that there are around 700,000 injuries on UK roads, yearly.”
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