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Motorway Accidents

Volume 131: debated on Thursday 14 April 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list motorway injury accidents under each of the following categories: (i) total number, (ii) vehicle types involved, (iii) by weather conditions and time of day, (iv) whether there was motorway lighting and (v) by age of drivers.

Road accident statistics for Great Britain are published annually by the Department, the latest full figures available are for 1986, as follows:

(i) Motorway injury accidents
Number
Fatal202
Serious1,093
Slight3,867
Total5,162
(ii) Number and type of vehicle involved in motorway injury accidents:
Number
Mopeds and scooters25
Motorcycles296
Cars8,176
Buses and coaches84
LGVs714
HGVs1,531
Others67
Total10,893
(iii) Motorway injury accidents by weather conditions and time of day:
Number
Fine3,975
Raining910
Snowing115
Fog93
Daylight3,550
Darkness1,612
(iv) Whether there was motorway lighting:
DaylightDarkness
Lit section1,755721
Unlit section1,795891
Total3,5001,612
(v) Age distribution of drivers involved in accidents on motorways:
Per cent.
18 to 30 years35
30 to 40 years25
40 to 50 years21
50 to 60 years12
60 to 70 years5
Over 70 years2