Notoriously busy and frequent scene of congestion, long hold-ups and vehicle collisions, the drive between London and Manchester via the M6 has a long list of black spots including stretches of road at or around:
- Tower Hamlets
- Waltham Forest
- Saint Albans
- North Warwickshire
The most notorious black spots that are often the scene of serious, even fatal, motoring accidents include a stretch of motorway between junctions 5 (south of Birmingham) and 10, as well as the stretch between junctions 16 and 19. The stretch between junctions 16 and 18 in particular is renowned as one of the UK’s worst accident black spots.
Common causes of motorway accidents
Consistently heavy business traffic, short slip roads at junctions leading to traffic encroaching back into the motorway, and a seemingly endless array of road works combine with drivers frustrated by hold-ups to present users of the M6 with a lethal mix of hazards. Driver fatigue, use of mobile phones and alcohol consumption further add to the risk of encountering a road traffic accident on the long drive between London and Manchester, as can poor weather conditions.
Avoiding serious mishaps
Drivers about to embark on the drive between London and Manchester are advised to minimise their risk of having a car accident by:
- Taking regular breaks and avoiding heavy meals before and during the journey to prevent onset of fatigue
- Refraining from consuming alcohol before driving
- Remaining alert at all times, in particular near junctions
- Driving at speeds suitable for prevailing traffic and weather conditions
- Observing speed limits at all times
- Getting into required lanes in time in order to prevent cutting other drivers up
- Driving with due care and attention at all times (this includes not using mobile phones)
If at all possible, it is recommended to prevent traffic accidents by avoiding the M6 altogether during peak hours.
Sadly, not all drivers have the sense to make the drive between London and Manchester as sensibly and carefully as possible. As a result, innocent parties may be seriously injured or killed. If another driver caused you to sustain passenger or driver injuries while driving along the M6, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation.
Help and advice
Accident Advice Helpline numbers for calls from landlines or mobiles are 0800 689 0500 and 0333 500 0993 respectively. Lines are open 24 hours a day and all information given to advisors is treated with complete confidentiality. Call us now to get sympathetic, helpful advice and enlist the services of one of our in-house no win no fee* solicitors.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown