No matter how cautiously you drive, there is always a chance of experiencing a road traffic accident when using your motor vehicle. Those who choose to protect the environment from hazardous gases by opting to hop onto their bike aren’t free from the risk of road-related injury either.
But no matter how vigilant you and other road users are when driving, there are simply some areas of the country that are below par with regards to road safety standards. Some Portsmouth roundabouts have been considered within this bracket.
Roundabout-related road traffic accidents
The mini-roundabout at the junction of Locksway Road and Milton Road, Portsmouth, has been a recognised accident hotspot since 2013, when an elderly woman suffered severe injuries following a road traffic accident and faced possible death.
Yet, it is not simply motor owners and pedestrians at risk of experiencing a road-related accident due to roundabouts in Portsmouth. The city is infamous for its dangerous junctions, a death trap for cyclists of all experience levels and ages.
In a 2014 report compiled by Portsmouth Road Forum, it was noted that out of the 21 cycle accidents that occurred on the roads between 2011 and 2014, 19 of these were junction-related incidents, seven of which involving roundabouts.
Portsmouth’s problematic junctions
According to the same report, Portsmouth Road Forcum identified the following as high-risk for road-related collisions between cyclists and motorists:
- A288 Baffins Rd / St Marys Rd
- A288 Cromwell Rd / Henderson Rd
- A2030 Victoria Rd North roundabout with Victoria Rd North (B2151)
Causes of road accidents on Portsmouth roundabouts
One of the main causes of road traffic accidents on Portsmouth’s roundabouts are the small islands in place, which enable road users to drive vertically through the roundabout, maintaining a high speed.
This theory is supported by the Department of Transport (DfE) concluding that, ‘central island diameters below 20 metres often provide a sufficiently straight driving path enabling traffic to maintain higher speeds.’
The large, multi-lane junctions of the city are also problematic and particularly hazardous for cyclists.
Claiming compensation for a road traffic accident
If you have been involved in a road traffic accident in the last three years and believe you are not to blame for the injury you sustained, a law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline could help you win the compensation you are entitled to for the distress you have endured.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for a free initial consultation, with no pressure to pursue your claim following the call.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice