The UK's Most Dangerous Roads


The Law Of… Watching Out For Danger

More than 1.25 million people die each year as a result of road traffic accidents across the world. In the UK 27,130 people were killed or seriously injured in the year ending June 2017. Whilst the amount of casualties in the UK has reduced by 6%, road traffic accidents still remain a dangerous part of our lives.

Specialist Road Accident solicitor, Simon Stanfield investigates the areas of the UK where all road users and pedestrians are most at risk of a road traffic accident.

Most Dangerous Types Of Roads

Whilst the majority of road casualties take place on urban roads, a high proportion of road deaths occur on rural roads, making them the most dangerous. In 2015, 'A' roads and minor roads saw traffic reaching record levels, whilst city based roads saw little change in their amount of traffic.

The number of people killed on motorways in 2015, in the UK, rose by 8%.

One of the key factors that often affects fatality statistics is the maximum speed allowed. In more recent statistics from Witter Towbars, the roads with a 30mph speed limit make up 57% of all road traffic accidents.

Most Dangerous Areas For Driving In The UK

In the same study by Witter Towbars, it was found that the West Midlands had the highest amount of road casualties in comparison to the rest of the UK. From 2011 to 2015, the West Midlands had 37,153 people hurt or killed in a road traffic accident. The second worst area for casualties was Thames Valley at 36,778.

In comparison, the safest area in the UK was Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland. They had 1,894 recorded casualties over the 5 year period.

Most Dangerous Roundabouts

Unsurprisingly, the two most dangerous roundabouts in the country are in London and the West Midlands. The most dangerous roundabout in the UK has been identified as the one that is outside Elephant and Castle station in Southwark, London. In the last 6 years, this roundabout has been the scene of 163 road accidents.

The second most dangerous roundabout in Britain can be found in the West Midlands in Birmingham. The Bordesley Circus roundabout in central Birmingham has 105 accidents recorded as occurring on the roundabout within the last 6 years.

Of the top ten most dangerous roundabouts, 6 are located within London.

Most Dangerous Drivers

The study also looked into the profiles of drivers involved in crashes and produced statistics on the UK's worst drivers. Based on per head of population, Witter Towbars found that drivers in Brighton are some of the worst in Britain. They accounted for 1 in every 200 car crashes. In comparison, drivers from Manchester were behind 1 in every 3,527.

The study also dispelled the myth that women are worse behind the wheel than men. Twice as many men were involved in a car accident compared with female drivers.

It did, however, confirm that young drivers are the cause of most of Britain's car accidents. 26-35 year olds had the highest number of incidents and 56-65 year olds had the least, making them safest age bracket on British roads.

What Is Being Done To Protect The UK's Drivers?

The Department for Transport put together plans for England's most dangerous roads to receive safety upgrades though a £175 million investment. The investment would see up to 50 roads with the highest risk of fatal and serious crashes upgraded.

Some of the routes on the plan by the Department for Transport included:

  • A285 West Sussex
  • A588 Lancashire
  • A529 Shropshire
  • A4 Slough

Brake, a road safety charity, has put together advice for drivers on how to stay safe on the roads. They encourage drivers to 'Make the pledge' and stick to a set of guidelines in order to protect other road users and pedestrians.

The Brake Pledge asks drivers to:

  • Slow – I will stay under limits and slow down to 20 mph where people live, work and play.
  • Sober – I'll never drive after drinking any alcohol or drugs – not a drop, not a drag
  • Secure – I'll make sure everyone in my vehicle is belted up on every journey and kids smaller than 150 cm are in a proper child restraint
  • Silent – I'll never take or make calls, read or type when driving
  • Sharp – I'll stay focussed on safe driving. I'll take regular breaks and never drive if I'm tired, stressed or on medication that affects driving
  • Sustainable – I'll minimise the amount I drive, or not drive at all.

Road Traffic Accident Legal Advice

If you have been injured in a road traffic accident our team of road traffic accident specialist solicitors can help you. If you are eligible for a claim, Simpson Millar pride themselves on making sure you get the compensation you need to make a swift and effective recovery on a no win, no fee basis.

Simon comments:

"Britain's roads are statistically safer than 10 years ago. But the statistics on fatalities and serious injury have plateaued in the last few years and this needs to change."

"It's good to see creative and new ways of slowing traffic down. London has been trialling optical illusions to make it appear as if a road has speed bumps. This is a pollution reducing, effective method of road safety."

"Road traffic accidents can be life threatening. I urge anyone on roads to adhere to speed signs, particularly ones that indicate a 20mph zone. It could save someone's life."

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident within the last 3 years that wasn't your fault, contact our helpline for free today.

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