Statistical Bulletin: Reported Road Casualties 2021
Police recorded road accident and casualty numbers throughout most of 2020 were affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which saw restrictions on how, where and why people could travel within Wales. Traffic volume decreased considerably during 2020 in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (a decrease of 23.4% compared to 2019). COVID-19 restrictions continued to impact travel in 2021, though to a lesser extent.
In 2021 there were 4,348 road casualties reported by police forces in Wales, an increase of 17% compared to 2020 but a decrease of 25% compared to 2019. Of these casualties:
- 1,011 (23%) were killed or seriously injured (KSI), an increase of 23%
compared with 2020 but a decrease of 15% compared to 2019
- 3,337 (77%) had slight injuries, 16% more than the figure for 2020 but
28% less than the figure for 2019.
Police Recorded Road Accidents 2021
Police recorded road accident and casualty numbers throughout most of 2020 were affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which saw restrictions on how, where and why people could travel within Wales. There was continued impact in 2021.
Data on severity of injury and type of road user for 2021.
In 2021 police forces in Wales recorded a total of 3,288 road accidents, an increase of 416 (14.5%) compared to 2020 which was the lowest year on record.
These road accidents in 2021 resulted in 4,348 personal injuries. Of these:
- 86 people were killed
- 925 people were seriously injured
- 3,337 slight injuries were recorded.
During 2021, over half of all road accidents (53%) occurred on 30mph roads with the next highest proportion (25%) occurring on 60mph roads. Road sections with a 20mph speed limit had the lowest proportion, accounting for 3% of all accidents.
Looking at the long term trend, there has been an overall fall in personal injury road accidents recorded by police forces in Wales.
In recent years, the number of accidents resulting in fatalities or serious injury has been relatively stable, with the overall decline in accidents accounted for by a continued fall in ‘slight’ injury accidents.