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Road deaths rise 16% in Scotland

The figures show the total number of casualties fell by 2% between 2013 and 2014 from 11,504 to 11,268, the lowest number since records began. As well as the increase in fatalities between 2013 and 2014, the number of people seriously injured also increased by two% to 1,699.

The figures also show that, in 2014, there were 1,034 child casualties in reported road accidents, a decrease of 3% since 2013. This included seven fatalities, two fewer than 2013, and 171 children who were seriously injured, up from 143 in 2013.

There were five fewer pedal cyclists killed than in 2013 but 19 more pedestrian fatalities. There were also seven more motorcyclists killed and four more car user fatalities.

2014 saw a 5% reduction in car users seriously injured and a small decrease in bus and coach users seriously injured but the other major modes of transport saw increases in the number of people seriously injured; there were five% more pedestrians and pedal cyclists seriously injured and a 15% increase in the number of motorcyclists seriously injured between 2013 and 2014. 

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.