There is a long term downward trend for road traffic casualties within the Dorset Council area but this appears to be levelling off. This trend is similar nationally and for the south-west region.
Casualties are categorised by severity:
- fatal - death as a direct result of collision within 30 days
- serious - includes over night detention in hospital (paralysis, fractures, major lacerations)
- slight - includes whiplash, sprains or minor lacerations
The table below shows the number of road traffic casualties on roads within the Dorset Council area by month for 2020, 2021 and the 2005/09 average.
|Month||Killed or seriously injured||All casualties|
Average figures in the table above are rounded to the nearest whole number and therefore may not equal the total.
Due to the validation process validated casualty data is typically two to three months behind.
Data for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council is not included.
Collisions occurring on the trunk road network, which is managed by the Highways Agency, are included in these figures. Trunk road network within the Dorset Council area is the A35 from Bere Regis to the border with Devon County Council, the A31 from Bere Regis to the border with Hampshire and the A303 from the border with Somerset County Council to the border with Wiltshire Council.
Casualty tables and charts
- view annual casualty figures 2005 to 2020 broken down by road user group
- view rolling 12 month casualty chart for January 2014 to June 2021
- view rolling five year average casualties for January 2014 to June 2021. These provide a better indication of long term trends
If you are concerned about a particular road in your area we suggest you contact your Parish/Town Council
Future casualty reduction targets
As part of the Local Transport Plan 3 - Road Safety Strategy 2011-2026 the areas formerly known as Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council and the Borough of Poole agreed to set 10 and 15 year casualty reduction targets to 2020 and 2025. The targets, based against the 2005/9 KSI baseline average, are:
- 40% reduction in the number of KSI casualties by 2020
The 2020 KSI target is 149.
Road Safety Plan
View the Dorset Council Road Safety Plan.