The number of people in Glasgow killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions has seen a slight increase in the past year.

Figures released by the Scottish Government show that there were 173 crashes which resulted in death or serious injury in the city for those involved in 2018.

This is slightly up from 2017, when there were 171 such incidents.

Included in these numbers are crashes which saw the death of a man and a woman last year.

A 55-year-old woman died 10 days after an incident in the Temple area of Glasgow as part of a two-car crash on Fulton Street on November 10, 2018.

Just over a month before this, a 20-year old man died following a crash in Glasgow’s East End.

The was a passenger in a car that crashed on Edinburgh Road near Swinton Road on October 1 last year.

Despite this rise, the total number of crashes in the city has gone down significantly.

In 2018, just 1,141 collisions were recorded, compared to 1,332 the year before, a decrease of more than 14%.

Compared to the average numbers from 10 years ago, this figure is more than half of the 2,332 crashes which were averaged each year in Glasgow between 2004 and 2008.

Across Scotland, the trend is similar to that of Glasgow alone. Finalised statistics for 2018 confirm that the number of people killed or seriously injured in reported road accidents in Scotland in 2018 has shown a slight increase from 2017, rising from 1,739 to 1,743.

The finalised statistics for 2018 confirm that 161 people were killed in reported road accidents in Scotland in 2018, 16 more than in 2017.

The number of people seriously injured decreased by one percent from 1,594 to 1,582.

A significant drop in slight casualties means that the total number of casualties fell by eleven percent between 2017 and 2018 from 9,433 to 8,411, the lowest number since records began.

Compared with England and Wales, Scotland’s casualty rates were 40% lower for all collisions included in the figures.