Vehicle collision statistics from a study carried out by the Road Safety Foundation have revealed that most serious and fatal smashes in the UK occur on just 10% of the country’s roads. The study also revealed that risk varies in different regions and named the West Midlands’ roads the safest in the country.
The vehicle collision statistics also showed that the most dangerous roads are rural roads, where six out of every 10 fatal crashes happen. The East Midlands is home to the UK’s most dangerous roads, with Wales and Scotland following closely behind.
Over the past two years, collision rates on motorways have been slashed by 20%, making them the safest roads in the country – yet drivers in the South East are the most likely to be involved in a motorway collision. Whilst riders of motorcycles account for just 1% of traffic, they are the most at risk and 21% of collisions involve a motorbike. The Chairman of the Road Safety Fund, Lord Whitty, said, “We should not be driving 5-star cars on major roads which have only a 1- and 2-star safety rating. Like other leading nations, Britain must set an explicit minimum 3-star rating for infrastructure safety for major roads.”
Have you been injured at an accident blackspot?
As you can see from the above statistics, they help to show where the most dangerous roads in the country are, which means the local authorities and highways agencies can take action to improve road safety in their area. If you have been involved in an accident at a blackspot and you feel that negligence (either on the part of another road user or those responsible for keeping the road a safe place) was the cause, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Claiming compensation for your injuries
Injuries sustained in a collision can range from minor, such as whiplash, to serious injury, even a fatality. No matter how you have been injured, call Accident Advice Helpline today and we will be able to tell you straight away whether you have a viable claim. Our team of professional personal injury lawyers have been helping people claim the compensation they deserve since 2000, and we have a wealth of experience dealing with road traffic accident compensation claims. Get in touch today by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to speak to a member of the team.
Date Published: December 6, 2014
Author: David Brown