The Highways England Fatality Research programme collects police collision investigation reports of fatal collisions that occurred on the Strategic Road Network. The collisions are reinvestigated with a safe-systems approach and coded into the Highways England Fatality database, hosted within the RAIDS database.

In this report, analysis of the fatal collisions (that occurred in 2014 to 2016) shows that their root cause is often a result of more complex interactions between the people, vehicles and road environment than analysis of less detailed datasets has previously shown. Countermeasures that could prevent the loss of life can apply to all facets of the safe-system. Thematic and Hotspot analysis was also conducted to provide more focused recommendations on how these collisions could have been avoided or their severity mitigated.

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