Accident data summary

 

Accident data

The following pages contain some information about the accident and casualty data held and used by West Sussex including some annual statistics and government targets.

General information about accident data

Road accidents (collisions)

Road accidents are often referred to as road collisions. A collision is arguably correct because all collisions are not an accident; someone is often at fault. Consequently where used, either term should be understood to be describing the same type of event.

Data may refer to either the number of collisions or the number of casualties involved in the collision. For example one collision may have three casualties.

About West Sussex County Council data

Our data will usually refer to casualty data unless accident/collision data is indicated. The collision data held by us is collected by and is the property of Sussex Police. The data used by the council involves only those collisions in the 'highway' and resulting in a personal injury reported to the police. Damage only collisions are not included in the database. As part of an on going data improvement process data may be adjusted and therefore may differ slightly from the parent database held by Sussex Police.

The "Highways" in West Sussex are the responsibility of West Sussex County Council or the Highway Agency, an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport. The Highway Agency are responsible for the Motorway and Trunk Roads in West Sussex, namely the A27(T), M23, and A23(T). West Sussex County Council are responsible for the remaining highway. The county collision and casualty data shown refers to all of West Sussex's highways, including Motorway and Trunk Roads, unless otherwise stated.

Collision and casualty categories

Casualties/injuries are categorised as fatal, serious or slight.

In a collision where there is more than one casualty, the severest casualty category is used to represent the collision. For example, a collision where two people are hurt, one seriously and the second slightly, the collision will be categorised as a serious collision.

  • A fatal injury refers to a casualty who died within 30 days from injuries sustained in a collision.
  • A serious injury refers to a casualty who required in-patient treatment, and injuries such as fracture, internal injuries, severe cuts, crushing, burns, concussion, severe general shock, and injuries resulting in death more than 30 days following an collision.
  • A slight injury refers to a casualty who has received a sprain, including neck whiplash but not necessarily requiring medical treatment, bruises, slight cuts, and slight shock requiring roadside attention.

 

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Annual casualty figures' summary

The table below provides an annual summary of casualty statistics for all highway (including trunk road and motorways) in West Sussex.

The annual summary data for 2011 will not be available until it has been agreed with the Department for Transport, typically this process will be completed during the second quarter of the following year, in other words April to June 2012.

Year Pedestrians Cyclists Motorcycles and pillion Car drivers and passengers Bus/coach driver and passengers Goods vehicles driver and passengers Other highway users
2000 355 367 402 2,552 58 118 10
2001 374 303 359 2,533 46 124 34
2002 355 288 356 2,431 37 122 14
2003 319 253 393 2,291 40 124 17
2004 326 273 321 2,168 49 97 24
2005 271 279 361 2,191 60 116 15
2006 265 228 347 2,188 31 96 21
2007 271 245 338 2,008 58 97 14
2008 276 234 301 1,880 48 98 19
2009 234 284 317 1,774 31 93 7
2010 220 253 233 1,579 23 64 10

 

More detailed casualty reports are available for each year are available below as PDFs:


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Government targets

The Government has set casualty reduction targets for the end of 2010 for all highway authorities (such as West Sussex County Council). These reduction targets are for killed and seriously injured (KSI) casualties within the highway. 

A slightly more detailed report of these casualties can be seen found on the previous page. 

Target 1: A 40% reduction, of the baseline, of killed and seriously injured casualties on highways within West Sussex by the year 2010.

Baseline (average figures from 1994 to 1998) was 597.
Target (40% reduction by 31 Dec 2010) to 358

Our year on year progress is as follows.

Year Target Actual
2000 576 515
2001 555 593
2002 533 521
2003 511 494
2004 489 389
2005 468 489
2006 446 464
2007 424 476
2008 402 485
2009 381 451
2010 358 373


Target 2
: A 50% reduction, of the baseline, of killed and seriously injured child casualties on highways within West Sussex by the year 2010.

Baseline (average figures from 1994 to 1998) was 60.
Target (50% reduction by 31 Dec 2010) to 30

Our year on year progress is as follows.

Year Target Actual
2000 57 44
2001 55 48
2002 52 34
2003 49 30
2004 46 34
2005 44 28
2006 41 30
2007 38 20
2008 35 45
2009 33 23
2010 30 26

 

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