Accident statistics make for grim reading

Northumberland had the second-highest number of road-accident-related injuries in the region over the last five years, including 78 fatalities, new figures show.

Wednesday, 2nd March 2016, 2:50 pm
Updated Saturday, 5th March 2016, 9:06 am

The statistics have been revealed as part of the launch of a region-wide campaign by Road Safety GB North East, which encourages road users to be more aware of each other.

The figures show that during the period from December 2010 to November 2015, there was a total of 5,381 injuries, including 692 serious, in the Northumberland local-authority area – beaten only by County Durham, which had a total of 7,410 injuries, including 112 fatalities.

Northumberland came above Newcastle-upon-Tyne; Sunderland; Gateshead; North Tyneside; Stockton-on-Tees; Middlesbrough; South Tyneside; Darlington; Redcar and Cleveland; and Hartlepool.

The latest figures show that during the past five years there have been a total of 26,996 road traffic collisions on the region’s roads – resulting in 37,790 injuries, 326 fatalities and 3,953 serious injuries.

From 2010 to 2015, there was a decrease of eight per cent in the total number of injuries.

However, last year, from December 2014 to November 2015, the number of fatal and serious-injury accidents reached a peak – increasing by 12 per cent from 2010.

The majority of people injured were car occupants, accounting for 62 per cent.

But the most seriously injured were motorists (35 per cent), pedestrians (27 per cent), motorcyclists (19 per cent) and pedal cyclists (12 per cent).

Failing to look was the most common contributory factor, leading Road Safety GB North East to launch the new Look Out For Each Other campaign, with support from the region’s 12 local authorities, police forces, fire crews and Police and Crime Commissioners.

They are taking a joined up approach, with targeted campaigns during the next two years, to highlight some of the greatest risk factors and most vulnerable road-users.

The aim is to ultimately lower casualty and accident figures.