Single carriageway A-roads are seven times more dangerous than motorways, it has been revealed.
A Road Safety Foundation survey shows that while 99% of motorways are rated in the ‘low risk’ category, 97% of single carriageway A-roads are not.
The poll looked at motorways and A-roads outside major urban areas in the UK. These roads make up 11% of the road network yet account for 51% of road deaths nationwide.
Travel on single carriageways is also three times more risky than on dual carriageways, meaning drivers should keep their wits about them at all times even if they think the road they’re travelling on is safe.
In the last five years, serious crash costs in the UK were £1.9 billion on motorways, £8.4 billion on primary A-roads and £5.9 billion on non-primary A-roads.
As many as 21% of fatal crashes and serious crashes on non-urban A-roads involve pedestrians or cyclists, with 10% being head-on collisions and 8% shunts.
“Most recent improvement in road safety has come from car design and safer driving. The specification that authorities currently set road managers is to reduce crash rates in general,” said Road Safety Foundation director Dr Steve Lawson.
“That approach is too weak and must be replaced, because it muddles factors over which road managers have no control – such as car safety, hospital care and traffic levels – with factors very definitely under their control such as roadside safety barriers or junction layouts.”
Personal injury claim
The research also revealed that running off the road accounts for 30% of all deaths on motorways and A-roads outside major urban areas, while junction crashes are the most common accidents leading to serious injury.
Having an accident on the road can be a very distressing situation, but
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