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Road accidents Rose Sharply For The First Time In Five Years

2016 saw a sharp rise in serious or fatal road accidents for the first time in the last five years. Every quarter of 2016 saw a rise in road accidents compared with 2015. Between 2012 and 2015, the amount of fatal or serious road accidents fell, whilst the amount of traffic increased each year. According to the Department of Transport, overall traffic rose by 0.9% from the year before.

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These sombre statistics come as a time when we are seeing a record number of cars meeting the correct safety requirements and with many car makers going further and ensuring their cars are safe places for drivers and passengers such as blind spot warnings and automated braking.  

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2017 is the 20th anniversary of the Euro NCAP rating that judges every car sold on how safe they are. Since its introduction in 1997, it is estimated that 78,000 lives have been saved through cars being put through their rigorous crash tests.

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The facts 

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The third quarter of 2016 saw the largest increase with 6,920 fatal and serious accidents. This is a 9% increase over 2015’s 5,784 fatal or serious accidents for the same period. Thanks to the summer holidays and warmer weather, the third quarter of every year is the busiest period for drivers on the road.

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We saw an increase in Q1 and Q2 of 2016 in comparison to the same time in 2015. In Q1 2015, there were 5,151 accidents where someone was either seriously injured or killed. This rose a year later to 5,770 accidents. Q1 in 2016 was also the deadliest first quarter in five years with 420 people losing their lives in road accidents.

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Moving into Q2 of 2016, we saw another increase with 6,110 accidents of this nature occurring. This is another sharp rise when compared with 2015’s Q2, which had 5,958 fatal or serious road accidents. Sadly, the number of people killed also increased from 420 to 460.

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A positive bit of news from Q3 of 2016 is that whilst the number of serious accidents did increase by 9% compared to the previous year, the number of deaths did fall from 454 down to 450. It may not sound like a big numerical difference, but that is four people still alive.

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Road types

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There are major factors that determine the type of road a major accident is like to occur on. These are whether a road is a major or a minor road and how built-up the area is. According to the Department of Transport’s statistics for the third quarters of 2015 and 2016