HC Deb 27 July 1979 vol 971 c632W
Mr. Roy Hughes

asked the Minister of Transport what was the estimated average cost per road accident and road casualty, respectively, in Great Britain in 1978, broken down into fatal, serious, slight and damage only.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

The information is as follows:

Average cost per road accident, 1978 (provisional)
Fatal accident 69,500
Serious accident 5,150
Slight accident 720
Damage only accident 310

Average cost per road casualty, 1978
Fatality 61,500
Serious casualty 3,660
Slight casualty 90

These estimates are based on the costs of lost output, medical and ambulance costs and a national allowance for the costs of pain, grief and suffering. Accident costs also include the costs of police and administration and damage to property.