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£36 Billion - New cost of injuries with road crashes the UK's biggest cause

23 September 2010

The data was revealed at  The World Safety Conference, which opened in London on Tuesday 21st September, also heard that road traffic crashes are the biggest cause of injury in the UK, with young people being the main victims. And those living in deprived communities are more likely to be affected than those living in more affluent areas.

The data is included in a DfT report issued today includes a diefinitive article:  A valuation of road accidents and casualties in Great Britain in 2009 which shows that the total value of prevention of reported road accidents in 2009 was estimated to be £15.8bn. This includes an estimate of the cost of damage only accidents but does not allow for unreported injury accidents. A number of assumptions have been made to produce a broad illustrative figure which suggests that allowing for accidents not reported to the police could increase the total value of prevention of road accidents to around £30 billion.

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