Crashes cost the economy
The UK Government’s annual report on the number of road deaths and injuries shows that in Britain in 2009 2,222 people were killed while, according to police statistics, 24,690 were seriously injured. However, the real figure is estimated to be closer to 80,000 when data from other sources are taken into account.
For the first time the Government has estimated the total cost of road deaths and injuries to the economy, taking into account under-reporting of injuries by police and using other data sources. This estimate has put the total cost to the economy of all road crashes in Great Britain in 2009 at US$52.2 billion, with each road death costing US$2.5 million. The previous estimate from 2008 stood at $28.3 billion but this failed to take into account under-reporting.