FOI Ref: ​FOI/2023/4732

You asked

​I would like to know how many people in the UK died as a result of a accidents in 2019 , 2020, 2021 and 2022.

we said

Thank you for your request.

We are responsible for the production of mortality data for England and Wales, driven by information collected from the death certificate at death registration. National Records Scotland (NRS) and Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) are responsible for statistics pertaining to Scotland and Northern Ireland. Therefore we do not hold the requested information for the whole of the UK, only England and Wales. Scottish and Northern Irish data can be requested from NRS and NISRA at and respectively.

The NOMIS webservice provides deaths registered in England and Wales where an external cause, including accidents, are the underlying cause of death for 2019 to 2021.

The conditions mentioned on the death certificate are coded using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10). From all of these causes an underlying cause of death is selected using ICD-10 coding rules. Using the ICD-10 look up there are numerous ICD-10 codes relating to accidents and external causes ranging from code V01 to X59. Further breakdown of these categories are available to select from NOMIS.

  • V01-V89       Land transport accidents

  • V01-V09       Pedestrian injured in transport accident

  • V10-V19       Pedal cyclist injured in transport accident
  • V20-V29       Motorcycle rider injured in transport accident
  • V30-V39       Occupant of three-wheeled motor vehicle injured in transport accident
  • V40-V49       Car occupant injured in transport accident
  • V50-V59       Occupant of pick-up truck or van injured in transport accident
  • V60-V69       Occupant of heavy transport vehicle injured in transport accident
  • V70-V79       Bus occupant injured in transport accident
  • V80-V89       Other land transport accidents
  • V90-V94       Water transport accidents
  • V95-V97       Air and space transport accidents
  • V98-V99       Other and unspecified transport accidents
  • V98              Other specified transport accidents
  • V99              Unspecified transport accident
  • W00-W19     Falls
  • W20-W49     Exposure to inanimate mechanical forces
  • W50-W64     Exposure to animate mechanical forces
  • W65-W74     Accidental drowning and submersion
  • W75-W84     Other accidental threats to breathing
  • W85-W99     Exposure to electric current, radiation and extreme ambient air temperature and pressure
  • X00-X09       Exposure to smoke, fire and flames
  • X10-X19       Contact with heat and hot substances
  • X20-X29       Contact with venomous animals and plants
  • X30-X39       Exposure to forces of nature
  • X40-X49       Accidental poisoning by and exposure to noxious substances
  • X50-X57       Overexertion, travel and privation
  • X58-X59       Accidental exposure to other and unspecified factors

Please see the associated download named 'Accidents 2019 to 2021.xlsx'. This output is from NOMIS and provides data for the above codes for England and Wales, including non-residents for 2019, 2020 and 2021.

If you would like to obtain further disaggregation of the data from NOMIS, please see the following instruction for using this service:

  • Select dates – 2013 to 2021
  • Select the geography (England and Wales, regional or by local authority)
  • Select Age – All ages or 5-year age bands
  • Select Gender – Total or Male/Female
  • Select rates – All deaths, rates or percentage of population for example
  • Select cause of death (ICD10 code search is available)
  • Select format (Excel or CSV for example)

We have not yet completed analysis of data for 2022 and this data is still provisional. This is to allow the inclusion of late registrations which are deaths that have been referred for Coroner investigation.

We can create a user requested dataset using provisional data, however this would be subject to change. User requested datasets are subject to disclosure control, legal frameworks, resources and agreement to costs under the ONS Charging Policy.

If you would like to obtain a quote for this work, please contact the Health Analysis and Pandemic Insight (HAPI) Customer services team at