LGV involvement in fatal road accidents crept up last year

LGVs accounted for 10.2% of vehicles involved in fatal road accidents in 2012, up from 8.4% the previous year, new statistics from the Department for Transport (DfT) have shown.

Figures on reported road casualties during 2012 show that out of 2,850 vehicles involved in fatalities in Great Britain last year, 292 were LGVs.

That compares to 272 LGVs out of a total of 3,221 vehicles during 2011.

Overall, road accident fatalities [individuals killed] fell almost 8% during the year to 1,754, down from 1,901 in 2011. Of these fatalities, 29 were LGV drivers (up 11%); 23 were van or light goods vehicle drivers (down nearly 18%); and 118 were pedal cyclists (up 10%).