The Isle of Wight is a reasonably small island off the south coast of England. It has a small population but holds some big music festivals such as Bestival and the well known Isle of Wight festival. In the summer it is a popular holiday destination as well as day trip destination.
Even though it is a small island, its varying population and its narrow roads means that it is still prone to its accidents such as road traffic accidents.
What type of road traffic accidents occur?
The usual car accidents that happen on the mainland can occur on the Isle of Wight except for those on motorways as the island does not have any. Therefore, car crashes can occur through drivers not focussing on the road, animals obstructing the car’s path and pedestrians crossing without looking amongst many others.
The size of the island also means that the roads are often small and narrow which are not conducive to having cars travel down them at higher speeds. Combine that factor with the reduced amount of traffic and drivers tend to take the narrow roads at higher speeds and it can turn problematic very quickly. As it is primarily a holiday destination, the population of the island can swell at times which can relate to higher traffic incidents. It also means that normal car thoroughfares can very quickly turn into accident spots.
What are the car accident spots on the island?
One of the major car accident hot spots would be the road to Newport in the summer, especially during the weekends of the two festivals. On these weekends thousands of people are coming and going from the site so not only are there other cars to cause car collisions but the sheer volume of pedestrians walking across the road can cause chaos as well.
Another road traffic accident spot would be near the ferry ports in Cowes and Yarmouth. In the summer the amount of ferry passengers increases tenfold and so the traffic is a lot heavier around this area during the hotter months. This change in the volume of cars can increase the risk of a car accident.
If you have been involved in a road traffic accident within the last three years that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a claim. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500, to find out more.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice