With a population of over 750,000 in its Metropolitan borough in 2011, it’s no wonder that the city centre of Leeds is a very busy place. So many people also means a lot of vehicles on the roads, and the busier the roads are, the more accidents seem to happen. So what are the top five most dangerous roads in Leeds, and how can you keep yourself safe if you happen to be commuting on them to get to work? Accident Advice Helpline has been helping people claim compensation for road traffic accident injuries since 2000, and we have some advice for you.
#1. Kirkstall Lane – Kirkstall
This is one of the most dangerous roads in Leeds and a common spot for road traffic accidents, including car and motorbike crashes. The busy junction here sees four roads meet at just one intersection. This means that drivers must be alert and aware of their surroundings constantly, in order to prevent an accident from happening. Being distracted by others in the vehicle, or by your mobile phone, could easily lead to a serious accident here.
#2. Roundhay Road – Harehills Lane
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the junction here is one of the most dangerous around for cyclists, with 23 accidents happening here between 2005 and 2010 – and those statistics are only for accidents involving cyclists. The junction near Easterly Road and Harehills Lane is the main collision hotspot.
#3. A6110 – Ring Road
We all know how convenient a ring road or city bypass can be as a way to avoid congestion and save time getting around the city. But when you’re on a familiar road, travelling at speed, it’s all too easy for your concentration to wane, which could mean a serious accident could occur. Driver distraction is a leading cause of accidents in the UK, with mobile phones the main culprit – in fact a survey carried out by the AA if 18,000 members revealed that 38% had been distracted by radios, phones, sat navs and other people in the last 12 months.
#4. Headrow Park Lane – City Centre
This is one of the most dangerous roads in Leeds for cyclists and an accident blackspot; it’s a busy junction where road traffic accidents often occur. The central part of this road is also a place to watch out for pedestrians, who may step out in front of vehicles unexpectedly.
#5. A643 – Elland Road
This is one of Leeds’ main commuter roads and remains one of the most dangerous roads in Leeds, taking commuters in and out of the city for work. It can get especially busy during peak times of day and accidents here could have serious consequences, leading to severe injuries.
Are these really the most dangerous roads in Leeds?
Whilst these are the top five most dangerous roads in Leeds, there are probably plenty of other dangerous roads and junctions that are not mentioned here. Whilst you have no control over other drivers and the way they operate their vehicles, you do have control over your own vehicle and manner of driving, so it pays to take extra care, particularly during busy times of day or bad weather, in order to prevent accidents from happening.
Which are the more dangerous, urban or rural roads?
All these accident statistics about the most dangerous roads in Leeds got us thinking; is it really more dangerous to drive in the city than in the countryside? According to research carried out by a leading insurer in the UK, 50% of all fatal accidents actually happen on rural roads. So it turns out that your busy Leeds commute may not be as dangerous as you might think. This could be because we are all driving faster on rural roads, so when accidents do occur, the injuries sustained are generally more serious. Leeds isn’t the place where you’re most likely to be injured on the roads either. Although these are the top five most dangerous roads in Leeds, according to a Road Safety Foundation report, the A18 between Lacey and Ludborough is actually Britain’s most dangerous road, with 17 fatal and serious crashes between 2011 and 2013.
How can you reduce your risk of being injured in a road traffic accident?
There are plenty of things that you can do as a driver, a cyclist or even a pedestrian to reduce your risk of being injured on the UK’s roads. If you commute to work by car, as so many of us do, did you ever stop to think that stress could be putting you at risk of an accident? A study carried out by the University of Haifa revealed that being given a hard time by a supervisor at work and being distracted by work-family conflict were both behaviours associated with more dangerous driving, putting drivers at increased risk of accidents. Taking time out after work to relax before your commute – maybe you could go to the gym – or using public transport rather than driving could help to reduce the risk of accidents caused by stress. Other ways you can reduce your risk of accidents include:
- Making sure you keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front, particularly in wet or icy weather
- Remember to ‘Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre’ and always check your blind spot before reacting
- Make sure your vehicle is roadworthy and regularly checked and maintained
- Stick to the speed limits and drive at a speed appropriate for the weather conditions
If the worst happens and you are injured in an accident caused by somebody else, all is not lost. If somebody else is liable for your accident then you could get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline by calling us on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile). We’ll be able to tell you if you have a viable claim, and because there are no upfront fees to pay – our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis – you have one less thing to worry about.