The number of people killed and seriously injured on roads in Kent and Medway increased by 10% in 2014 compared with 2013, according to latest statistics from Kent County Council.

During 2014, 715 people were killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents in Kent and Medway, compared with 650 in 2013. The figures also reveal that the proportion of accidents caused by driver error, behaviour or impairment increased during 2014.

Melanie Williams, a serious injury solicitor based in Thompsons Solicitors’ London office, said: “Unfortunately an increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents is not a trend exclusive to Kent and Medway as the figures for the UK as a whole have gone up by around 5% from 2013 to 2014.

“Road traffic accidents have a life-changing impact on those involved and their families and, given that research shows that the vast majority of accidents are caused by poor driving, all of us who use the roads have a role to play in tackling the problem.

“Police forces need sustainable funding so that they can consistently enforce road safety laws. Through better and more visible enforcement, we would hope to see fewer people flouting the law and therefore an overall reduction in the number of people being killed or seriously injured in road accidents.”