Road accident statistics

At the start of the year, the Highway Code was updated to give more priority to cyclists and pedestrians and make the roads safer for all, which is a vital change as the latest statistics show that:

  • Every 22 minutes, someone is killed or seriously injured on a UK road
  • Every day, six children are killed or seriously injured on roads in the UK
  • In 2021, 1,588 people were killed on roads in Britain, and more than 25,000 people suffered serious injuries



Staying safe on our roads

Kay Ditcham, Partner and head of Personal Injury at Tilly Bailey and Irvine says: “It cannot be denied that these road users are the most vulnerable, and the code aims to recognise that and to afford them more protection, whilst putting a greater responsibility on road users who can do the greatest harm, namely drivers of cars, vans and larger vehicles”.

People using bicycles and walking as a means of transport increased during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the government aims to sustain this increase in the hope of keeping the environment cleaner and encouraging people to be healthier. The number of miles cycled on British roads in 2020 increased by almost 46%, a larger increase than all of the previous 20 years put together.

Unfortunately, vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians are far more likely to sustain significant injuries if they are involved in a road traffic accident. Whilst the changes to the Highway Code seek to afford them more protection, inevitably accidents will occur. 

How can we help?

How can we help?

The Personal Injury team at Tilly Bailey and Irvine have dealt with numerous cases involving cyclists and pedestrians, ensuring that they are properly compensated for the injuries they suffer and any resulting losses.

If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in such an incident and are ready to make an injury claim, please contact Kay Ditcham from Tilly Bailey & Irvine's team of Personal Injury Solicitors on 01429 405174 or make a free online enquiry.

Call: 0333 444 4422