Road traffic collisions

Date 16 November 2020
Date updated 16 November 2020

Road traffic accidents recorded by neighbourhood deprivation decile in London (2019)

Road traffic accidents on local streets recorded by neighbourhood deprivation decile in London (2019)

Road traffic accidents involving pedestrians recorded by neighbourhood deprivation decile in London (2019)

Over 25,000 road collisions were recorded in London in 2019. The vast majority of these resulted in only slight injuries such as whiplash and bruising, but over 3,600 resulted in serious injuries such as fractures and burns. Sadly, 120 road collisions in London in 2019 led to the death of one or more drivers, passengers, riders, cyclists or pedestrians. 

There are more road traffic collisions recorded in the most deprived neighbourhoods in London than the least deprived. The 10% of areas with the highest deprivation saw nearly 3,000 collisions in 2019, more than double the 1,400 in the 10% of areas with the lowest deprivation. A similar pattern is seen on roads where the speed limit is below 30 miles per hour, implying these collisions affect residents in more deprived areas, not just on main roads passing through them. This trend is even more extreme when looking only at collisions involving pedestrians; these are nearly three times as common in the most deprived neighbourhoods compared to the least. 

The relationship between road collision and deprivation can be seen most clearly in collisions involving slight injuries.