According to research carried out by road safety charity Brake, 52 per cent of fatal road traffic accidents in the UK occur on UK country roads. Car drivers are more than twice as likely to be involved in a fatal collision on country roads and the risk is even higher for motorcyclists.
Speed is a major factor when it comes to fatal accidents on UK country roads. Studies show that a 10 per cent increase in average speed equates to a 30 per cent higher risk of being involved in a fatal road traffic accident. Are the speed limits on UK country roads too excessive?
What is the speed limit on country roads?
The speed limit on most UK country roads is 60mph. Although this is the speed limit, it is not a target and it is rarely safe to travel at such a speed. At 60mph, a driver’s stopping distance is around 73 metres. This means if a hazard were to suddenly appear within this distance, as is common on country roads, the driver would stand zero chance of stopping in time. Speeds under 40mph are far more suitable on country roads.
Why are country roads more dangerous?
Country roads are arguably not kept to the same standard as many arterial routes. Many country roads are narrow, with blind bends and no pavements or cycle lanes. They frequently have pot holes and debris and suffer from wet and icy conditions, meaning it takes far longer to stop. These factors mean that if a driver is going too fast they won’t be able to react in time to people or hazards to prevent a crash.
Have you been involved in a road traffic collision?
If you’ve been involved in a road traffic collision within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. Our Freephone lines are open 24/7 and are staffed by friendly, professional advisors. We boast years of experience in all areas of personal injury compensation and all of our claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis. The majority of our claims are settled outside court, meaning many of our clients will not have to relive the trauma of an accident in court.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice