Road Casualty Annual Report

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Key points

2019 Suffolk Road Casualty summary 

  • The total number of injuries continues to mirror the national trend of flatlining, which has been acknowledged by DfT in several documents, including the Road Safety Statement published last year.
  • There has been a year on year increase in fatalities of 45% and serious injuries of 30%, with an overall decrease of less than 2%.
  • 2019 figures are the highest for the past ten years for Killed and Seriously Injured (KSI)~
  • It was acknowledged that the positive gains made in the 50% reduction in fatalities in 2018 was likely to be an anomaly and this appears to be correct.

Road Users

  • 449 people aged 15 to 24 / 23% of total
  • 283 older road users / 15% of total
  • 68% of injuries from car occupants
  • Cyclists & Motorcycles 9% each, Pedestrians 8%
  • A third of injuries impact vulnerable road users


  • Highest number of fatal and serious injuries in the past 5 years
  • Overall trend is flat
  • Large number of secondary aged casualties & a second peak in mid aged people
  • Across all age ranges predominantly male casualties 77% (female 23%)
  • Most occurring in urban built up areas, street lighting & 30mph limits in place.
  • Identifies that best value will be in providing improved infrastructure where people are accessing key services and aligns with other priorities such as the climate emergency & public health concerns


  • Trend remains flat although 2019 reduction on previous 3 years, serious injuries have an upward trend, but numbers are small
  • Nearly all occur in urban built up areas across the county, the towns and market towns
  • Children of secondary age and under 25s, as with cyclists have a peak that then flattens over subsequent ages
  • Most injuries happen in Ipswich and Waveney areas – where most deprived wards are – there is a correlation across a number of social demographic factors


  • Downward trend continues
  • Young riders still being injured, very few ‘born again bikers’ especially in the post retirement age ranges, large engine bikes over 500cc spread across all ages unlike historical data
  • Ipswich, Suffolk Coastal & Waveney still have the highest numbers
  • Summer peak continues as a long-term trend.

For more information, download the Suffolk Road Casualty Report 2019 PDF, (1.8MB).


Past reports

Cutting Casualties in Suffolk