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Data on motorcyclist, pedal cyclist and pedestrian road accidents and casualties with analyses by demographic characteristics for 2018.

Proportion of reported casualties by severity, 2018. This chart shows the proportion of reported casualties by severity, 2018. There were 5,768 road casualties in 2018. Of these 2% were fatal, 18% were serious and 80% were slight.

Main points

Summary of road casualties

  • There was a 7.0% fall in reported casualties on Welsh roads in 2018.
  • There were 5,768 road casualties reported by police forces in Wales.
  • 1,137 of the casualties were killed or seriously injured (KSI), an increase of 7.4% compared with 2017.
  • 4,631 had slight injuries, 9.8% lower than the figure for 2017.
  • 69% of KSI casualties in 2018 were male.

Motorcycle and pedal cycle casualties

  • When adjusting for distance travelled, motorcyclists and pedal cyclists are much more likely than car users to be casualties.
  • 2018 saw the lowest number of motorcycle casualties since comparable records began, with 562 casualties.
  • There were 417 pedal cyclist casualties in 2018, representing a 6.5% reduction on 2017.

Pedestrian casualties

  • In 2018 12.4% of all casualties were pedestrians.
  • There were 716 pedestrian casualties, a fall of 2.5% compared with 2017.

Child and young person casualties

  • Child and young person casualties have fallen in 2018.
  • There was a 2% decrease in child casualties (under 16 years old) and a 11% fall in young people casualties (aged 16-24), compared with 2017.
  • Young people (aged 16-24) are disproportionately likely to be casualties in road accidents. They make up 11% of the population but 21% of all casualties.


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