Our typically western hectic lifestyles are leading to an ever-increasing number of vehicles using our roads each day, causing Britains roads to be more dangerous than ever. Due to the sheer volume of rushing traffic wearing roads down and causing congestion, we are seeing a rise in dangerous blackspots and road-related accidents up and down the country.
Preventing accidents: What are dangerous blackspots?
Dangerous blackspots are specific places identified as somewhere where road accidents are more likely to occur based on official statistics and reported accidents.
These road accidents can involve two vehicles, a single vehicle, a cyclist or even pedestrians, no matter the nature of the road collision, if incidents regularly occur in a certain area, it becomes known as a dangerous blackspot.
Dangerous blackspots can come about due to a number of reasons including constant congestion, hazards that incur error when driving, roads that tempt excessive speeds, and even poor signage or unexpected dips.
Where are the UK’s dangerous blackspots?
According to Road Safety Foundation statistics reported in The Telegraph in September last year, the A18 between Laceby and Ludborough has identified as the most likely dangerous accident blackspot.
Other named and shamed accident blackspots included popular routes such as the A40 linking the M40 to High Wycombe, and the A588, linking the seaside resort of Blackpool and Lancaster.
Beyond this, accident blackspots stretched outside of England too, with the A44 between Llangurig and Aberystwyth in Wales also presenting major problem for drivers, ranking at number four on the list of the most dangerous routes.
What will we do about dangerous blackspots?
As more and more accident blackspots are identified, there comes with it a growing concern on how to address this persistent problem.
According to the same report, crashes and accidents on the roads in accident blackspots around the country cost the economy over £2 billion between 2011 and 2013. Improvements must be made to the roads and to the drivers’ vigilance, in an attempt to minimise the risk of accidents on the road.
That being said, it is important that drivers take matters into their own hands to help minimise the risk of experiencing a road traffic accident. Drive safely, with respect for the road and with an awareness of other road users.
Claiming personal injury compensation
If you have been involved in an accident on the road through no fault of your own, at Accident Advice Helpline, we could help you recover the compensation you deserve for any harm and distress you have endured.
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Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice