The number of deaths and serious injuries reported to Plod reached 25 023, which was 2% up on the previous year and the first increase in those killed or seriously injured since 1994.
Safety groups and motoring organisations said they were "disturbed" by the figures and blamed cuts in road safety budgets.
A 12% rise last year in pedestrian deaths to 453 prompted concern from the RAC Foundation, which suggested more people were being "distracted" by using mobile phones and listening to music. The numbers of motorcycle users and pedal cyclists killed fell last year, although casualties increased in both categories.
No doubt speed will be blamed so expect more cameras and lower speed limits to appear in your neighbourhood any day soon.