Friday is the most dangerous day on roads, figures show

Friday was the most dangerous day on Irish roads last year — but Sunday accidents caused more serious injuries.

A breakdown of the €157m motor liability awards paid out by the Injuries Board last year shows most motor accidents resulting in compensation payouts occurred in November, while May was the safest month.

The analysis also shows Donegal had the most fatal motor accident compensation claims, at 11, followed closely by Co Cork, with 10. It also showed a 10% reduction in the number of fatal claims to 104.

Injuries Board chief executive Patricia Byron welcomed the reduction but said the figure was still too high. She called for increased vigilance on roads over the winter months.

“Our award trends indicate that the winter months are the most dangerous on our roads and we are urging all road users to be extra vigilant at this time.

“We awarded over €157m in compensation last year which reflects the significant human cost of these accidents not to mention the societal impact.”

The report shows that the Injuries Board paid out about €157.2m in compensation last year for motor accidents.

It’s up 2.2% on the previous year, while the volume of awards increased by 1.3% to 7,622, compared to 7,521 in 2011. The highest award made in respect of a single motor claim stood at just under €700,000.

The most prevalent injuries sustained in the vast majority of motor claims included soft tissue injuries to the neck and back, and orthopaedic-related injuries such as fractures and breaks.

In line with population figures, Dublin, Cork, and Limerick had the highest number of awards arising out of traffic accidents while Leitrim, Kilkenny, and Roscommon had the lowest.

Last year, the Injuries Board made 10,136 awards for personal injury claims with compensation totalling €218m.

Motor liability awards accounted for three-quarters of all awards processed. The remainder was split between workplace (8%) and public place (17%) accidents.

Claims statistics

51% of awards involved female claimants.

* Counties Donegal (11), Cork (10), Dublin (8), Kildare (8), and Limerick (6) recorded the highest number of claims arising from fatal road accidents.

* 51% of all awards involved female claimants.

* The average award for a motor accident was €20,631, with women getting an average award of €21,103, with men receiving an average award of €20,133.

* While Sundays were least dangerous, its accidents accounted for the highest average award across the week at €22,657.

* Road users over 55 were the safest with only 4% of awards in respect of over 65s, and 7.5% of awards in respect of those aged 55-64.

* The 25-34 age group accounted for just over 26% of awards while 35-44 year-olds accounted for just over 20% of awards.


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