Identified risk: road traffic collisions

More people are killed and seriously injured in road traffic collisions than in fires. While we do not need to attend every road traffic collision in our Service area, they do form a significant part of our emergency response.

Number of road traffic collisions attended and victims who were killed or seriously injured 

Drawing from our identified risk table, the chart below shows the number of road traffic collisions (RTCs) attended and the number of people killed and seriously injured (KSI) per financial year. For the years 2016/17 to 2020/21 the actual number recorded is shown. For subsequent years a forecast is shown. Road traffic collisions can result in a fire as a result of fuel coming into contact with an ignition source. Where vehicles catch fire but are not involved in a collision, we record these separately.

Number of road traffic collisions attended and victims who were killed or seriously injured 

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Year Road traffic collisions attended Forecast
2016/17 1155  
2017/18 1125  
2018/19 888  
2019/20 928 922
2020/21 622 903
2021/22   879
2022/23   856
2023/24   833
2024/25   810
2025/26   787
2026/27   763

 

Year Victims killed or seriously injured Forecast
2016/17 560  
2017/18 637  
2018/19 454  
2019/20 501 501
2020/21 295 499
2021/22   479
2022/23   460
2023/24   441
2024/25   422
2025/26   403
2026/27   384

 

 

 

Proportion of road traffic collisions by contributory factor, South West England, April 2015 to March 2020

The chart below shows that almost 40% of road traffic collisions have ‘driver/rider error or reaction’ as a contributory factor and about 15% of road traffic collisions have ‘Injudicious action’ (meaning showing very poor judgement) as a contributory factor. Special codes relate to specific endorsement and ‘penalty points’. The contributory factors present in more than 10% of collisions are ‘behaviour or inexperience’ and ‘impairment or distraction'.