With a picturesque town centre and one of the most famous universities in the world, Oxford is an extremely popular place in which to live and/or study. However, as with almost any major town you care to mention, traffic and road safety can be an issue. In order to avoid accidents on the road, you need other motorists to be every bit as vigilant and capable as you are. As we all know, this is not always the case and road accidents can, and do, happen all too easily.
What are the most dangerous roads in Oxford for road traffic accidents?
Of course, some roads are worse than others when it comes to incidents on the road. The following stretches of tarmac are areas of Oxford which require particularly close care and attention.
- Botley Road: Back in 2012, Sustrans, an organisation which helps shape cycling policies and constantly pushes for improvements to cycle networks nationwide, declared this particular road as one of the most dangerous for cyclists throughout the entire United Kingdom. Cycling accidents, as well as near misses, are an all too common occurrence on a road where, the organisation said it feels as though cyclists were ‘taking their lives into their hands.’ Plans have since been made to turn the area into a boulevard and improve safety for cyclists.
- Banbury Road: The introduction of chicanes over 15 years ago has done little to quell the concern and discomfort of residents along this road, where a tragic traffic accident in 2009 resulted in the death of a pensioner.Locals claim the changes are not sufficient to slow cars down and have called for speed bumps to be introduced. They point to the damage suffered by the chicanes by cars that have either slowed down too late, or not at all, as evidence that they are not really fit for purpose.
- A44: Though this road from Oxford to Aberystwyth seems unremarkable upon first glance, and there is certainly nothing to suggest it is any more dangerous than your standard main road, it has been the scene of so many head-on collisions and car crashes that in 2013 the government were forced to step in and provide counter measures.
If you are injured in a road accident, you may be due some traffic injury compensation. If you think you are eligible to claim, then call Accident Advice Helpline today on the freephone service.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice