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Road safety charity reveals hundreds of road accidents involve injuries in Cumbria

Road Safety Week runs from 20 to 26 November Photo: PA

Road accidents are responsible for one in five trauma admissions to hospitals in parts of the region, according to new figures.

The road safety charity Brake says in Cumbria and Lancashire there were 365 road accidents last year involving injuries.

The figures have been released at the start of the UK's biggest road safety event, Road Safety Week, which runs from 20 to 26 November.

11,486
people were admitted to trauma centres with life-threatening injuries last year in England & Wales.

The campaign urges drivers to slow down and reduce the number of crashes on the roads.

The figures show that road crashes are the second largest cause of trauma admissions.

Further analysis of more than 75,000 road crash patients in the past ten years shows that:

  • Young people are the largest affected age group (21%).
  • Children are the biggest age group of pedestrian casualties (17%).
  • Motorcyclists make up the highest number of admissions (25%).
  • Cyclists make up the least amount of admissions (16%).
  • 32% of pedestrians and 24% of cyclists suffered serious head injuries..
  • Speeding was a factor in 22% of crashes in Britain last year.

The region with the highest number of road collision patients was the Thames Valley, with 25%.

Collision on the M6 Credit: PA

The Director of Campaigns for Brake said:

Not only do needless road collisions cause untold suffering but they also place an enormous strain on the NHS and other public services.

Speeding is a factor in many deadly crashes and remains a major problem. Driving is unpredictable and if something unexpected happens on the road ahead, such as a child stepping out from between parked cars, it's a driver's speed that determines whether they can stop in time and, if they can't, how hard they will hit.

That's why we're encouraging everyone to 'Speed Down Save Lives' for Road Safety Week this year.

Brake is also calling for a default 20mph limit in all built-up areas, increased enforcement and 'Intelligent Speed Adaptation', which helps drivers stay within the limit, to be fitted as standard to new vehicles."

– Jason Wakeford, Director of Campaigns, Brake