A leading personal injury lawyer has said she is ‘dismayed’ after new figures showed the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) on the roads is rising and that the figure for cyclists was up 10% on last year.
The provisional figures from the Department for Transport (DfT) revealed that casualties for the 12 months ending in June 2014 were 24,580, with slight injuries rising 4% to 168,710 and total casualties increasing 4% to 193,290.
The number of people killed rose 3% from 1,713 to 1,760. These numbers are 4% higher than the 12 months ending June 2013.
The number of cycling KSIs rose to 18% in spring 2014, the DfT said that warmer weather in spring 2014 compared with spring 2013 may have increased the number of vulnerable road users on the roads. However
Penny Knight head of the cycling team from law firm Leigh Day said: “I am dismayed at the apparent lack of horror at these statistics from The Department of Transport. To try and explain them away as a natural consequence of warmer weather completely misses the point that so many more lives have been lost on Britain’s roads and so many lives devastated through grief and serious injury”.