According to data acquired by the BBC, roads in Great Britain have played host to 2,396,750 crashes from 1999 to 2010. The Beeb then took that data and plotted every single one of them on a map, represented by a point of light. The resulting graphic looks like a picture from the Hubble Telescope, with major and minor clusters of fender-bender-filled galaxies.

The BBC compiled a large amount of information to go with it, including an in-depth breakdown of the numbers: in those 12 years, more than 36,000 dead – 1,850, or five a day, in 2010 – more than three million injured and more than £15 billion in economic cost.

It goes even further than that, with extra features on things like crash-proof cars, a full day of tweeting from two BBC reporters who spend a day with a London ambulance crew, and time-laps video of when and where accidents happen. So, for any Britons who want to see where and how people are getting hurt on the roads, or for those of you who are just interested in such things, follow the link.


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      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 3 Years Ago
      this chart is the ****.
      Adam Waltering
      • 3 Years Ago
      Almost 3/4 of a million deaths per year? I'm calling BS right now.
        Bob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Adam Waltering
        The confusion is worse if you follow the link. The photograph of the light points has the headline "Every death on every road in Great Britain 1999-2010". Then the caption of the picture says it shows 2.3 million "collisions". Then it says each light point is an individual collision that resulted in a casualty. I suppose technically they can all be true, as deaths are a subset of the collisions, and 2.3 million collisions may just be the subset of collisions where a casualty occurred. But it could definitely be phrased more clearly.
        RR Coor J
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Adam Waltering
        This ain't America. And you still can't read.
          Narom
          • 3 Years Ago
          @RR Coor J
          "You know, since the UK and America both speak English when I read the word casualty I assumed it meant the same thing in both places, which it obviously doesn't. " http://lmgtfy.com/?q=define%3A+Casualty Oh look it does. http://360degreesofmedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/idiot.jpg
      pasigiri
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would love to see something like this for just the Northern VA, Washington DC, and Southern Maryland area. Probably would blind somebody.
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