Roads: Accidents

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 20 May 2024.

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Photo of Jason McCartney Jason McCartney Conservative, Colne Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the number of (a) fatal and (b) other serious head injuries that were received by people whilst inside road vehicles in the latest period for which data is available.

Photo of Guy Opperman Guy Opperman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department collects information on personal injury road collisions reported to police via the STATS19 data collection system.

Fatal casualties do not have an injury recorded for them. Only slight and serious casualties reported on an injury-based reporting system have detail on the type of injuries sustained in the collision. In 2022, 27 out of 44 police forces were using an injury-based reporting system.

The number of serious casualties where the most severe recorded injury was a head injury, by road user type in Great Britain for 2022, for which is the latest available year, can be found in the table below.

Reported road casualties reported using an injury-based reporting system by injury type and road user type, Great Britain (police forces using an injury-based reporting system), 2022

Road user type

Serious head injury

Car Occupant


Bus Occupant


Van Occupant


HGV Occupant


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