AA research brings unexpected results on how to prevent road accidents and reduce the need for personal injury settlements

The AA has conducted research amongst its members to find out what they think is the most important action to take to reduce the number of UK road accidents. The results show that improving the state of our main roads is most important in the eyes of AA members, and that random breath testing is still high on the list.

Research carried out by the Automobile Association has revealed some interesting results about what their membership considers important in reducing the number of accidents on UK roads. Compared with a similar poll of AA members in 1993, improving the state of our roads and better driver/pedestrian training has shot to the top of the list of priorities.

Improving main roads attracted 72% of the vote and just pipped stronger driver/pedestrian training to the top spot. This reflects the terrible state of some of our roads, with the ever-increasing number of dangerous potholes and little money available to repair them. It was interesting to note that people questioned thought that better driver and pedestrian training would also contribute significantly to safer roads and pavements. A representative of leading law firm, Accident Advice Helpline, had this to say,

“Potholes in particular cause serious problems for road users. Cyclists probably feel like they are taking their lives in their hands whenever they go out, as holes in the road just seem to get bigger. An unfortunate combination of severe weather conditions for the last 6 months and cuts in local authority budgets, has resulted in roads remaining in a bad state of repair.”

She went on to say, “At Accident Advice Helpline, we deal with thousands of RTA claims and personal injury settlements every year. It’s interesting to hear what motorists themselves think rather than listening to the government’s view on driving in the UK.”

A total drink driving ban, which came top of AA members list in 1993, dropped to 3rd place with 63% of members polled in 2013 believing it would lead to fewer accidents. Recently introduced speed limits of 20mph on local roads remained at 11th out of 12 in the poll, the same as in 1993.

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Source: AA

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