News from Brake
Monday, 20 November 2017
- One in five patients admitted to trauma centres last year were involved in road crashes – the second largest cause of admissions, according to figures obtained by road safety charity Brake
- An additional analysis of more than 75,000 road crash trauma patients in the last decade shows that:
- Young people account for more than one in five (21%) admissions – the largest affected age group
- Children make up the biggest age group of pedestrian casualties, comprising almost one in six (17%) admissions
- Motorcyclists comprise the largest proportion of admissions (25%), followed by drivers (23%), pedestrians (21%) and cyclists (16%)
- Almost a third (32%) of pedestrians, and almost a quarter (24%) of cyclists, suffer serious head injuries
- Speeding was a factor in almost a quarter (22%) of fatal crashes on roads in Britain last year, according to Government statistics
- The analysis marks the start of Road Safety Week, which this year urges people to slow down to cut crashes and fatalities, and reduce the severity of injuries on roads.
One in five (20%) patients admitted to trauma centres were involved in road crashes in 2016 according to new figures obtained by Brake, the road safety charity. Road collisions were the second largest cause of trauma admissions, after falls from less than two metres.
Last year, 11,486 road users – the equivalent of 31 a day – were admitted to trauma centres in England and Wales with life-threatening injuries.
The regions with the highest proportion of road collision trauma patients were the Thames Valley (25%), North West London (23%), the West Midlands (23%), the East Midlands (22%) and East England (22%).
Brake commissioned an analysis by the Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN), which records information about patients admitted to trauma centres, set up to deal with the most severe injuries in England and Wales .
Table: Admissions to trauma centres and units following road traffic collisions, 2016
TARN network region Road collision admissions as proportion of all trauma admissions (2016) Number of road crash trauma admissions (2016) Thames Valley 25% 554 North West London 23% 505 West Midlands 23% 1,663 East Midlands 22% 617 East of England 22% 860 North East London and Essex 22% 690 South East London, Kent and Medway 21% 640 Yorkshire and Humber 21% 1,215 Cumbria and Lancashire 20% 365 Sussex 20% 272 Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight (Wessex) 20% 609 Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire (Severn) 19% 635 Wales 19% 341 South West London and Surrey 18% 530 Greater Manchester 17% 611 Devon and Cornwall (Peninsula) 17% 400 Merseyside and Cheshire 16% 421 North East England (Northern) 16% 558 Total 20% 11,486
Source: TARN. Note: size of population and number of trauma centres vary between regions.
Brake also analysed data covering 75,820 road crash victims admitted to trauma centres during the last decade . The data reveals that young people (16-25 year olds) are the most affected age group, accounting for more than one in five (21%) road traffic trauma admissions, including the largest group of vehicle passenger (32%), motorcycle (27%) and driver (21%) admissions. In the past decade, 5,657 children (under the age of 16) were admitted to a trauma centre following a road crash, making up seven per cent of all admissions; almost a third (32%) of these were admitted with serious head injury. Children also comprise the biggest age group for pedestrian casualties, accounting for nearly one in six (17%) trauma admissions.