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Roads: Accidents

Transport written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Liberal Democrat, Colchester

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the average cost to the public purse of a (a) fatality, (b) serious injury and (c) slight injury caused through an accident involving a vehicle in the last year for which figures are available.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

The values for preventing fatalities and injuries used by the Department for Transport are published in unit 3.4.1. of its transport appraisal guidance (WebTAG), available at:

Table 3, as follows, presents the components that make up these values. The direct costs to the public purse comprise medical and ambulance costs, and police costs.

Table 3: Average value of prevention of road accidents by severity and element of cost—June 2009
  Casualty related costs Accident related costs
Accident severity Lost output Medical and ambulance Human costs Police cost Insurance and admin Damage to property Total
Fatal 596,674 5,615 1,175,101 1,848 291 10,674 1,790,203
Serious 23,767 14,244 161,713 245 181 4,907 205,056
Slight 2,959 1,253 14,090 57 110 2,903 21,372
All injury 13,225 3,055 48,546 105 122 3,270 68,323
Damage only 3 52 1,828 1,883

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