Road casualties in Scotland rise by 9%

The number of fatalities in crashes involving cars nearly doubled from 55 in 2021 to 101 on Scottish roads, according to the latest Transport Scotland figures.

Statisticians have released provisional figures for road casualties showing increases in all severities in 2022.

The figures show the total number of casualties rose by 9% between 2021 and 2022 (from 5,111 to 5,587), the third lowest number since annual records began in 1950.  One hundred and seventy four people were killed in reported road collisions in Scotland in 2022, 33 more than in 2021, and the highest number since 2016. The number of people seriously injured was 1,759, 145 (9%) more than 2021.

Although the figures for serious, slight and all casualties in 2022 are higher than the previous two years where casualty numbers will have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated impacts on travel, they are still lower than those in 2019.

Compared to 2021, there were falls in reported casualties of 7% for pedal cyclists and 20% for both HGV and minibus users. However, there were increases in pedestrian casualties of 17%, car casualties of 9% and motorcyclist casualties of 2%.

Scotland’s current Road Safety Framework, contains four national targets for casualty reductions due for delivery in 2030. These targets compare performance to a 2014-2018 baseline.


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