Pedestrian casualties rise after Highway Code changes

New research suggests the dangers facing pedestrians has risen since changes to road user priorities, after the latest provisional Government figures show more than 16 people are killed or seriously injured on our Roads every day.

Admiral Car Insurance carried out the research, and says it highlights “the lack of understanding on the different types of pedestrian crossings on our roads, with only 9% of those surveyed able to identify a puffin crossing correctly, and more than half unable to identify a pelican crossing”. 

According to the latest provisional figures from the Department for Transport, 6,161 pedestrians were killed or seriously injured on UK roads between July 2021 – June 2022 – a rise of over 30% compared to the previous year. In total, over 19,000 pedestrian casualties were recorded across the UK with this figure including those who are killed, seriously injured, or slightly injured – more than 2 every hour. 

Last year, the Hierarchy of Road users was added to the Highway Code in a bid to make UK roads safer for all road users, with the structure establishing pedestrians as the most vulnerable due to the risk they face if they are involved in an incident. But a year on from its introduction, Admiral’s research indicatess only a third (35%) of those surveyed have heard of the guidance. While awareness is slightly better among younger people (41%), just 8% of over 65s are aware of it. 

The DfT’s figures also highlight the increased risk facing pedestrians, with the group revealed to be the second-most at risk of death or serious injury after car occupants. In fact, the latest data reveals the number of pedestrians killed or seriously injured on British roads increased more than any other road user group, up by 30% compared to the previous year. Worryingly, the number of child casualties is also up by 13%. By comparison, the number of pedal cyclists increased by 5% over the same timeframe.

(Picture – Yay Images)


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