Road traffic collisions

Road traffic collisions recorded by neighbourhood deprivation decile in London (2020)

Road traffic collisions on local streets recorded by neighbourhood deprivation decile in London (2020)

Road traffic collisions involving pedestrians recorded by neighbourhood deprivation decile in London (2020)

Over 21,000 road collisions were recorded in London in 2020. The vast majority of these resulted in only slight injuries such as whiplash and bruising, but over 2,800 resulted in serious injuries such as fractures and burns. Sadly, 94 road collisions in London in 2020 led to the death of one or more drivers, passengers, riders, cyclists or pedestrians. With less traffic during lockdowns, there were noticeably fewer collisions than in previous years - there were over 25,000 collisions in 2019.

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 2,500 collisions in 2020, more than double the 1,100 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 collisions and deprivation can be seen most clearly in collisions involving slight injuries. This is probably because these are the most common type of accident and with relatively few serious and fatal accidents it is more difficult to find a clear pattern.