55 fatalities in road traffic accidents in Northern Ireland in 2018

By Gary Adair

There were 55 deaths as a result of road traffic crashes in Northern Ireland last year.

A look at the statistics in respect of the fatalities shows a familiar pattern in respect of gender, age, and other factors. There were significantly more male fatalities than female, as was the case in 2017 and 2016, with 43 male road users and pedestrians compared to 12 females.

The age group with the most fatalities was the 25-64 age group, which is understandable as it represents the largest pool of drivers on our roads. Drivers of vehicles involved in crashes represented the largest group of fatalities followed by pedestrians, which again, has been the case in the previous two years. There were 16 pedestrian deaths in 2018 compared to 8 passengers, 7 motorcyclists and 1 pedal cyclist, highlighting that road safety is not just an issue for motorists. There were 23 deaths of drivers of motor vehicles involved in road accidents.

Approximately 64 per cent of the fatalities occurred on rural roads, while 27 per cent were on urban roads and 9 per cent were on motorways or dual carriage ways.

Fatal road traffic accidents have been going down in the past few years, but the goal continues to be to get the number down to zero with the combined efforts of road safety campaigners, the PSNI and motorists throughout Northern Ireland.

While the statistics look at fatalities, there are also hundreds of victims of road traffic accidents that suffer serious injuries that seriously challenge how they go about their daily lives. While they can of course claim for compensation which will help cover the cost of medical treatment and adjustments to their home, car and in other areas of their lives, many will lose the ability to do hobbies and sports that they loved, to perform the role at work that they were doing previously, or suffer with other limitations in their daily life.