RTA Figures released by Transport Scotland
Statistics published by Transport Scotland yesterday ( 11 October) reported that 191 people were killed in reported road accidents ( RTAs) in Scotland during 2016, a year-on-year rise of 14%.
The figures also show that the number of people seriously injured also increased, up 6% to 1,697.
Although the number of deaths and serious injuries has risen, the overall number of RTA casualties has fallen by 1% to 10,901 – the lowest number since records began.
Looking at road user type, pedestrian casualties fell by 27% to 32 – as did the number seriously injured, down 7% to 396.
There were eight pedal cyclists killed in 2016, three more than in 2015. However, the number of cyclists seriously injured fell by 10% to 148.
The number of motorcyclist deaths and seriously injured both rose. Deaths increased by 11% to 30, while the numbers seriously injured rose 4% to 268.
Sanjeev Bali, director at Gildeas said: “Here at Gildeas, we understand how much an RTA can affect the lives of those involved, in many different ways. While it is encouraging to see that overall casualty figures are falling, there is still a long way to go to meet the targets set out in Scotland’s Road Safety Framework 2020.
“Our solicitors are here to support those who have been affected by road traffic accidents through what can be a difficult time, and ensure they receive the fair compensation they’re entitled to.”
If you have been involved in an RTA, speak to one of our solicitors today.