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London’s most dangerous areas: Newham

In 2015, Newham was estimated to have a population of around 332,800 people. The Greater London Authority determined this to rise to around 338,600 people. The area was once known as one of the most deprived areas in England, but it has now dropped out of the top 20 in this category, which is excellent news for locals.

Of course, crime occurs everywhere, both in London and across the country. However, some areas have higher figures in this respect than others. Statistics show there were 2,435 incidents of violence with injury between April 2012 and March 2013 in Newham. Violence without any injuries being inflicted during that same period were recorded as 3,215. It’s important to note many locals will never have any adverse experiences in Newham. However, it is good to be aware of the reality so you know how best to stay safe and protect yourself.

Where is Newham?

Newham is located immediately to the north of the River Thames. It is just to the east of the Isle of Dogs and Canary Wharf, and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park falls just within its boundary to the west of the area. Boleyn Ground, home to the football team West Ham, is almost directly in the centre of Newham. London City Airport is also in the southern portion of Newham, offering great views of the Thames to anyone who lands or takes off from there.

Most people either live, work or visit Newham without any issues at all. However, some will unfortunately either be the victim of a crime or an accident. Considering how many people live there (not to mention the many others who travel to, from or through Newham each day) the chances of being a victim of a crime or of an accident are rare indeed.

Accidents on the roads

Any busy area has the potential to see more accidents than those in quiet country locations where there is little traffic. Overall, London has seen a significant drop in casualties on its roads in recent years. For instance, the average number of fatalities and serious injuries between 1994 and 1998 was 6,684. This dropped to 3,784 by 2007, representing an overall drop of 43% when compared to those earlier averages.

Furthermore, many people forego driving to cycle to and from work and at other times, too. Newham is fortunate in that almost 10% of the borough is devoted to green spaces. This makes it more appealing to get out and about in the fresh air, especially if you can cut through one of these green spaces on your journey to work.

Newham is very cyclist-friendly, with the Greenway offering just one off-road possibility for local cyclists to enjoy. The Cycle Superhighways 2 and 3 (CS2 and CS3) are also well-known in the area. If you do have the option to use a cycle path to stay off the roads, it is safer than trying to cycle in areas with lots of traffic, as this can be potentially dangerous.

Staying safe while you are out and about

Whatever reason you have for being in Newham, you should know it is unlikely you’d be in an accident. However, things can and do go wrong, and sometimes you might be in an accident you didn’t do anything to cause. Slips, trips and falls are among the most frequently-occurring accidents people sustain, and in some instances, they happen when they are least expected.

For instance, you may slip over on something spilled on the ground which wasn’t cleaned up. If you are in a public place, someone else may be responsible for what happened. Trips can potentially happen anywhere if the surface you are walking on hasn’t been maintained to a high standard. For example, tripping on a paving stone that was uneven and raised to a significant level may be a possibility. If this leads to you falling over, you could sustain several painful injuries, for example:

  • Broken bones
  • Cut knees and hands
  • A sprained wrist or fingers
  • Head injuries if you cannot break your fall in time

As you can see, things can potentially happen no matter where you are and how careful you are. If another party has been negligent in creating the conditions that caused your accident, there is a chance you might be able to claim compensation. Additionally, it’s possible that someone might be at fault for striking you with a vehicle if you’re hit while crossing the road, or if you’re knocked off your bike while riding along.

Can you claim?

Knowing whether you have a right to claim is very important. Some people don’t worry about finding out, and if more than three years go by, the chance to seek compensation disappears. So, don’t hesitate to call if you were hurt in Newham in an accident, and you need to know if the injuries you received were due to negligence. We can help you understand what happened so you can push ahead with a claim if you can. One of our personal injury lawyers can ensure you get the best advice on a no-obligation basis, and they’ll guide you through from start to finish with expert advice and support throughout. You will never be left in the dark and with our help, you could be in line to be awarded compensation that reflects the severity of your injuries and the impact they had on your life.

This won’t be the first thing to occur to you, but there may be a point when you think about an accident you had in Newham (or elsewhere in London) and you wonder if you could make a compensation claim. The best way to find out is to take our online test. It’s waiting for you now, and you’ll know in around 30 seconds whether you have a chance to receive compensation. You could also ring us here at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 5659, if you’re on a mobile phone.