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Britain’s Riskiest Roads

May 1, 2014

The most recent statistics we have about road traffic accidents dates back to 2012. Research from the Road Safety Foundation found that 1,754 people were killed on British roads in that year and surprisingly 62% of fatal or serious accidents occurred on single carriageway ‘A’ roads. This research suggests that travelling by A Road is seven times riskier than travelling by motorway.

The Road Safety Foundation ranked roads according to their risk. They found 99% of motorways were

 low-risk whilst 97% of single carriageway ‘A’ roads were not. They compiled a list of ten of the most dangerous roads in the UK and many are in areas you wouldn’t think.

A537 Road

The most dangerous road in the UK has been named as the A537 between Buxton and Macclesfield. There were 44 fatal or serious crashes on the short 12km stretch of road in the four year period between 2007 and 2011. This is an increase from the previous 2002-2006 period where there were 35.

Other roads deemed in the top five most dangerous include the A682 from M65 from Nelson (Lancashire) to Long Preston (Yorkshire) and the A5012 from Pikehall to Matlock, Derbyshire.

Serious Accidents on a Downward Trend

Overall the number of deaths and serious road traffic accidents has fallen but there are still some areas where stats are creeping up. The most improved area in the last four year period is the East of England where risk overall has fallen by 30%.

The research looked specifically at motorways and ‘A’ roads outside of major urban areas in Britain. This type of ‘A’ road only makes up 11% of the whole UK road network but 51% of deaths occur on these type of highway.  Like most road traffic accidents the majority of incidents on these roads that lead to serious injury occurred at junctions.

Further points found from the research included the belief that travelling on single carriageways is three times riskier than on dual carriageways and 21% of fatal and serious road traffic accidents on non-urban ‘A’ roads actually involved pedestrians or cyclists with a smaller 10% being head-on collisions.

Road Safety and your Rights to Compensation

The risks on the road have always been well documented but accidents still happen. Even the safest drivers sometimes find themselves involved in an accident and where it isn’t your fault, compensation is fair and should be sought.

Whether you’re driving in an urban area, on the motorway or on one of these roads highlighted as particularly risky you should be able to drive safely without concern. If you are involved in a road traffic accident not only can it be traumatic, it can lead to serious medical problems and loss of earnings by proxy.

Lamb & Co. utilise our specialist experience and knowledge in the road traffic accident compensation sector to ensure all our clients receive the maximum compensation they deserve. We appreciate the stress and trauma involved in an accident and simply want to take it away and provide you with a result which helps you move forward.

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