Road traffic collision statistics

We collect information about road traffic collisions and use this to make our roads safer.

This helps us direct our work in the most efficient and effective manner. We compile and validate this information together with the Department for Transport.

Most recent data

The tables below capture year-on-year data about crashes and casualties in Leeds. The disruption caused to travel patterns by the Covid-19 pandemic means that there were significant reductions in casualty numbers in 2020 and 2021 across the country, and this is reflected in the data for Leeds. Comparisons of 2022 data with 2019 are therefore likely to be more reliable than comparisons with 2020 and 2021.

In April 2021, West Yorkshire Police (WYP) changed the system being used to record road traffic collisions. The system now being used, called CRASH, automatically assigns a severity classification to each casualty according to the injuries recorded by the reporting Police Officer, whereas the previous system allowed the reporting officer to specify the severity directly. Where CRASH has been previously rolled out elsewhere in the country, there has generally been a significant increase in the proportion of reported casualties which are classified as serious. This seems to be being replicated across West Yorkshire. We will continue to review the data with colleagues at WYP and the West Yorkshire councils.

The new system ensures a more consistent classification of severity but raises issues with presenting long terms trends in the numbers of casualties of different severities. To address this, the Department for Transport has published datasets in which the casualty severities have been adjusted to account for the change to the new system, and the DfT recommends that the adjusted data be used when making long-term comparisons. The data presented in this report for collisions occurring prior to April 2021 has been adjusted in accordance with the DfT’s recommendations.

  • there are three broad categories of injury severity: slight, serious and fatal
  • the most catastrophic injuries (fatal and serious) are jointly referred to as 'killed or seriously injured' (KSI)
  • 'All severity' injuries refer to KSIs plus slight injuries

Personal-injury collisions on roads in Leeds, 2017-2022

There were 1,585 personal-injury collisions recorded in Leeds in 2022. This includes all collisions resulting in death or injury occurring within the highway and reported to the police, in which one or more vehicles are involved. The figure for 2022 was higher than the preceding 2 years, during which reductions in traffic relating to the COVID-19 pandemic led to a reduction in collisions across the country. The total for 2022 was slightly above the average for 2017-2019 (1,569). There were 27 fatal collisions in Leeds in 2022, and this exceeds the average for 2017-19 (18).

Year Slight Serious Fatal Total
20171,293407111,711
20181,130394231,547
20191,027401211,449
202070727810995
20211,010278191,387
20221,080478271,585
Total 5,594 2,316 111 8,674

Casualties on roads in Leeds, 2017-2022

There were 2,044 people injured in collisions recorded in Leeds in 2022 – note that this is higher than the number of collisions reported above, as individual collisions can result in more than one casualty. This was higher than the preceding 2 years, and was slightly above the average for 2017-2019 (2,034). 27 people were killed in collisions in Leeds in 2022, and this exceeds the average for 2017-19 (21).

Year Slight Serious Fatal Total
2017 1,755 433 15 2,203
2018 1,540 428 26 1,994
2019 1,438 445 22 1,905
2020 932 300 11 1,243
2021 1,359 395 19 1,773
2022 1,488 529 27 2,044
Total 8,512 2,530 120 11,162

Fatal and serious injury casualties by road-user, 2017-2022

Most of those killed or seriously injured are not users of enclosed vehicles such as cars and goods vehicles, but are pedestrians (25% of all KSI in Leeds in 2022), cyclists (15%), or motorcyclists (11%). Crashes are nearly twice as likely to inflict fatal or serious injuries on these road-users.

Year 2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2022
Total

Road-user Serious Fatal Serious Fatal Serious Fatal Serious Fatal Serious Fatal Serious Fatal Serious Fatal KSI
Car occupant 81 6 92 8 105 6 74 7 152 7 218 5 722 39 761
Pedestrian 90
7 75 15 96 8 54 1 100 9 130 12 545 52 597
Powered two-wheeler or passenger 66 2 67 2 56
6 34 2 60 3 58 4 341 19 360
Pedal cyclist or passenger 55 0 61 1 61 2 48 1 49 0 77 4 351 8 359
Goods vehicle occupant 7
0 8 0 10 0 5 0 15 0 13 1 58 1 59
Bus occupant 9 0 6 0 3 0 1 0 9 0 10 0 38 0 38
Taxi occupant 1 0 2 0 2 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 10 0 10
Horse rider 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Total 309 15 311 26 334 22 220 11 387 19 529 27 2066 119 2,185

Get more detailed data

You can download the raw data files from Data Mill North. To easily analyse the data, you can use the Department for Transport (DfT) interactive dashboard.

Further information regarding the location of collisions can be viewed on the Crashmap website.

Annual report

We produce an annual report on crashes and casualties on public roads in Leeds. Email collisionstudies@leeds.gov.uk for a copy.

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Download the raw data files from Data Mill North.

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