Latest Traffic Accident Statistics for GM

The trend over the last decade in the boroughs of Greater Manchester is clear – but has one notable exception.

The latest statistics on the number of people killed or seriously injured on Greater Manchester’s roads have been released.

Department of Transport (DfT) the figures show the number of victims in the city-region in 2021 and also show that people have been injured or lost their lives while riding electric scooters.

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The data was analyzed by our sister title NationalWorld and compared it to numbers for the past decade.

It shows there has been a clear trend across much of Greater Manchester since 2012 – but with one major exception.

Responding to national figures, the AA reacted to the news that 2021 statistics show the safer roads experienced during 2020 Covid-19 closures and restrictions did not last and electric scooter casualties are increasing year by year.

What does the data show for Greater Manchester?

The DfT provisional statistics show that in 2021, 182 people were killed or seriously injured in Manchester, including 83 in Salford, 69 in Stockport, 61 in Trafford and 108 in Tameside.

There were 91 road fatalities in Bolton, 67 in Bury, 59 in Oldham, 57 in Rochdale and 66 in Wigan.

A total of 65 people are believed to have been killed on the city-region’s roads in 2021.

Of those 12 were in Manchester and 11 in Tameside, including eight in Bolton, seven in Bury, four in Oldham, four in Rochdale, five in Salford, seven in Stockport, four in Trafford and three in Wigan.

Our data team compared the latest figures with those from the last decade to understand how the number of victims has changed on the region’s roads since 2012.

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Nine of Greater Manchester’s 10 boroughs have seen a reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads during this time.

The exception was Tameside, where casualties rose from 76 in 2012 to 108 last year, an increase of 42%.

Exactly the same picture is observed when looking at data for all injuries reported to police as a result of traffic incidents, including minor crashes.

Tameside was the only local authority in Greater Manchester, and indeed the whole of the North West, to see a percentage increase in the total number of road injuries between 2012 and 2021.

The figures do not necessarily represent the full picture of casualties on Greater Manchester’s roads as there is no requirement to report all injury collisions to the police.

When looking at the number of people killed or seriously injured, we have used the adjusted figures published by the DfT to take into account that there have been changes in the way incidents are recorded over time as well as geographic disparities in how things are recorded.

Generally speaking, the 2021 statistics showed an increase in casualties on the roads after the very unusual circumstances of 2020 when unprecedented restrictions on movement and movement were introduced during the fight against Covid-19.

However, only half of Greater Manchester’s 10 boroughs saw an increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured between 2020 and 2021. These were Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Tameside and Trafford.

In Oldham, Rochdale and Wigan, however, fewer people died or suffered serious injuries on the roads in 2021 than the year before, while in Salford and Stockport the figures for both years were identical.

What do the e-scooter statistics show?

There were 18 people who suffered some kind of injury or lost their lives in an electric scooter incident in Greater Manchester in 2021.

This represents 1% of all incidents involving electric scooters reported to police forces nationwide last year.

Figures show how many people were injured or killed in incidents involving electric scooters in 2021. Photo: AdobeStock

Some police departments also have data showing whether the electric scooters involved in collisions were rented as part of test drives or whether they belonged to private individuals who cannot legally be driven on the roads. However, GMPs are not among the forces for which this information is available.

What did the AA say about the traffic casualty figures?

The AA said it was unfortunate that the lower casualty figures in 2020, when there were more coronavirus-related restrictions in place, were not replicated last year as the country began to return to somewhere something like normal.

Road Policy Officer Jack Cousens said; “As the closures eased, we had hoped that the reduction seen in road casualty statistics in 2020 could be sustained for longer, but unfortunately that was not the case.

“The only silver lining is that the total number of casualties last year remains below pre-pandemic levels, so we need this to be the turning point in order to make our roads as safe as possible.”

Mr Cousens said the number of cycling deaths fell by a fifth last year compared to 2020 across the country and said that was welcome. He also expressed hope that changes to traffic laws will continue to make two-wheeled travel safer.

He also looked at electric scooter data, which shows crashes are happening more frequently each year as the vehicles become more common sites across the country.

Mr Cousens said: “We are always learning about the type of incidents electric scooters are involved in as well as the types of injuries they create. While the number of collisions has increased significantly from 2020, early reports show that e-scooter riders are more likely to be injured than others.