Roads in the West Midlands are the most dangerous in the country, according to a report by a local newspaper.
Research by the Burton Mail found that over 35,000 motorists and pedestrians died or were hurt in the West Midlands in the past 4 years, with more than half of these incidents occurring in Staffordshire.
Cutting accident levels
Figures show Staffordshire is the 16th most dangerous part of the country in which to travel – 19,577 people were hurt or killed in the period.
The A38 was one of the most dangerous roads last year, with around one crash a week on a small stretch between Alrewas and the Toyota Island.
In a bid to cut accident levels, an upgrade of the road is planned that will increase the length of slip ways, provide more speed enforcement and increase its capacity. But these works will not begin until 2030. Burton MP Andrew Griffiths wants the upgrades to start sooner.
Slow but not steady
Speed wasn’t always a factor in the accidents. More than half (57%) of the accidents occurred in 30mph zones, with just 7% on motorways with a 70mph limit.
A spokesman for Witter Towbars, which gathered the research, said: “We hope that exposing such statistics will make road users more alert when travelling to their desired destinations.”
Thames Valley had the second highest number of serious road accidents. The figures show that men are more likely to be a casualty than women, and that it’s mainly younger people involved in the accidents.
For every 100,000 casualties, 780 were fatal. This means anyone involved in a road accident has a 0.78% chance of dying.
Source: Burton Mail
Date Published: May 3, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown