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Reported road casualties Great Britain, annual report: 2020

30 September 2021

The recent trends in reported road casualties have been impacted by the national restrictions implemented from March 2020 onwards following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. More information about the impact of lockdown on reported road casualties in Great Britain can be found here.

Headline figures

  • an estimated 1,460 reported road deaths in 2020 which includes a total of 4 months of national lockdown (April to June and November)
  • an estimated 23,529 killed or seriously injured (KSI) casualties in 2020, a decrease of 22% compared to the same period in 2019
  • 115,584 casualties of all severities in 2020, down by 25% from 2019
  • the reduction in road traffic followed a similar trend in the same period and decreased by 21%
  • pedal cyclist casualty rates per billion vehicle miles saw the greatest percentage decrease (34%) compared to all other road user types

A monthly breakdown can be found here

Road deaths in Great Britain saw a 17% decrease in 2020, compared to 2019, in line with the 17% decrease observed for countries within the European Union (EU) for the same period.

The decrease in Great Britain followed a similar monthly pattern in 2020 to countries within the European Union.