Using collision data to drive casualty reduction interventions
Casualty data can be viewed or acquired as follows:
- A summary of Somerset specific data is available at Casualty report 2015 to 2021 dashboard
- A summary of South West regional data is available at South West Road Casualty Comparison
- Copies of processed PIC data can be requested from Somerset Road Safety for commercial use. For example, planning applications or insurance claims. The processing of this type of information is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act and a minimum charge of £192.50 + VAT is made, depending on the complexity of the enquiry.
- Accurate, but less detailed, PIC information can be viewed on the internet free of charge at crashmap.co.uk. Crashmap uses the latest available Department for Transport PIC data.
Somerset Road Safety analyses data in its work to reduce casualty numbers, deliver road safety education, prioritise engineering schemes and provide evidence to help shape its work, and that of the agencies we work with, to promote road safety. The team collects data on injury collisions from Avon and Somerset Constabulary along with serious injury information from the NHS and attendance records from the highways team and other emergency services with regard to collisions. A collision analysis database is maintained and used to record and analyse injury collision data. It is used to:
- analyse collision and casualty trends for specific road user groups and geographical areas.
- assess collision problems on specific routes locations and areas with higher concentrations of collisions for consideration of priority within the road safety engineering programme, or for helping to enforcement priorities. This is also essential in shaping priorities inside and outside of the Road Safety team – including highways maintenance.
- build evidence-led, tailored education programs to various groups of road users. For example, education courses for younger or older drivers, school pupils. motorcyclists and working drivers. The programs are often prepared together with partner agencies such as the Fire and Rescue Service and the Police.