An article in the Telegraph states that statistically Lincolnshire has the most dangerous roads in the country, with North East Cambridgeshire coming third and Peterborough eighth.
In particular it suggests that people living in rural communities, per head of the local population, are the most likely to be “killed or seriously injured” on the roads.
Clearly cars and other vehicles will travel faster on country roads and there are fewer measures in place to control the traffic which in turn leads to more “high speed impact collisions”.
Paradoxically the article shows many towns and cities have Road Traffic Accident rates that are far below the national average.
The findings have been put together by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Traffic Safety (PACTs) and Direct Line Car Insurance.
A spokesman for PACTs states “Traffic danger has a significant negative influence on society; it discourages people from walking or cycling, restricts the freedom of children and means vulnerable road users feel intimidated.”
“Despite great improvements in emergency services and trauma care, thousands of victims of road collisions are left with life-changing injuries while the families of casualties also find their lives changed forever.”
In 2013 183,670 people were reported injured on British roads, including 23,370 killed or seriously injured at a cost to society of £15 billion.
The main factors affecting these figures are driver’s behaviour including speeding, drink and drugs, failure to wear seat-belts and using mobiles. Other factors include the quality of the road network and the vehicles using it as well as the quality of the emergency medical and trauma care in different areas.
Richard Gaffney is a Personal Injury Solicitor in our Cambridge Office who deals with victims of serious traumatic injuries following road collisions.
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