There were 25,945 serious injuries in road traffic accidents reported to the police in 2019. However, comparison of this figure with earlier years should be interpreted with caution due to changes in systems for severity reporting by some police forces. The report contains further information and an estimate adjusted to account for this discontinuity. • There was a total of 153,158 casualties of all severities in reported road traffic accidents in 2019. This is 5% lower than in 2018 and is the lowest level since 1979 when this statistical series with current definitions and detail began. • Accounting for change in traffic, the rate of fatalities per billion vehicle miles has fallen by 4% from 5.06 in 2018 to 4.87 fatalities per billion vehicle miles in 2019.
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