Shocking new analysis from Direct Line Car Insurance and PACTS (an All-Party Parliamentary Group) reveals pedestrian casualties on Britain’s roads peak in November each year.

Reviewing the available monthly road casualty data, from 2010-2014, the average number of reported serious pedestrian casualties rises from a low of 397 in August to a peak of 565 in November, an increase of 42 per cent.

Furthermore, pedestrians account for more than a quarter (26 per cent) of serious injuries each November.

Dr Rachel Lee, Policy and Research Coordinator, Living Streets, said:

Any death on the road is one too many. Here at Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, we are very disturbed at the dramatic rise.

Dr Rachel Lee, Policy and Research Coordinator, Living Streets

The winter months bring challenges to road users, including darker evenings and bad weather. We need to ensure we are working to keep people safe on our streets. Crossings, 20mph and pedestrian zones are all ways of increasing safety and need to be taken seriously to ensure that the number of pedestrian casualties does not continue to rise.
"We must prioritise the safety of walkers to make sure everybody feels that they can get out and enjoy their streets and experience the health, social and environmental benefits that walking brings. The government must invest in walking to help save precious lives."