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The 10 most dangerous roads

All roads can be dangerous, but some are known for being accident blackspots. New figures have highlighted the most risky highways across the UK, with many of the top 10 running through London.

Figures cited by Regtransfers reveal that just over half (52%) of Britain’s most dangerous roads pass through the English capital, with the highest accident rate in London recorded on the A1010. The rate of accidents on this road was found to be more than eight times higher than the national average.

Here’s a breakdown of the top 10 most dangerous highways (per one million vehicle miles driven):

  • A49 (North West) - accident rate of 26.12
  • A1010 (London/ East of England) - accident rate of 12.7
  • A107 (London) - accident rate of 8.38
  • A105 (London) - accident rate of 6.75
  • A315 (South West/ London) - accident rate of 6.7
  • A112 (London) - accident rate of 6.25
  • A400 (London) - accident rate of 4.4
  • A4020 (London) - accident rate of 3.93A219 (London) - accident rate of 3.87
  • A215 (London) - accident rate of 3.87

The most dangerous roads across the regions

The most dangerous roads across the British regions that didn’t make the top 10 included:

  • A4040 (West Midlands) - accident rate of 3.3
  • A1079 (Yorkshire and Humber) - accident rate of 3.11
  • A7 (Scotland) - accident rate of 3.1
  • A15 (East Midlands) - accident rate of 2.87
  • A420 (South East) - accident rate of 2.76
  • A193 (North East) - accident rate of 2.53
  • A487 (Wales) - accident rate of 2.05
  • A134 (East) - accident rate of 1.76
  • A39 (South West) - accident rate of 1.56

Regtransfers’ statistics are based on traffic volumes and accidents spanning 10 years from 2007 to 2016.

Road deaths hit a five-year high

Vehicle safety systems are improving all the time, and figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders suggest that the number of road accidents in the UK has dropped by almost 10% since 2012. However, the number of fatal accidents across the country saw a spike in 2016. Government figures revealed that a total of 1,792 road traffic accident deaths were recorded during the 12-month period. This was a rise of 4% on the previous year and it was the highest level since 2011. The number of pedestrian deaths saw the highest year-on-year increase of 10%, while car occupant deaths rose by 8%.

Common causes of accidents

There are of course many causes of accidents. However, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, the most common causes of fatal crashes include:

Speeding - Excessive speed is one of the major factors in many road accidents. In 2013, over 3,000 people were seriously or fatally injured in accidents where speed was cited as a factor. Driving too fast gives motorists less time to react in an emergency and it increases the risk that they’ll lose control of their vehicles. Also, if an accident does happen at speed, the consequences are likely to be more serious. For example, the risk of a pedestrian dying is four times greater if they’re struck at 40mph than if they’re hit at 30mph.

Drink driving - Government statistics reveal that in 2015, an estimated 200 people were killed in drink drive-related accidents and 1,170 were seriously injured.

Not wearing a seatbelt - The law requires that drivers and passengers aged 14 and over must wear a seatbelt in cars, vans and commercial vehicles, and drivers are responsible for ensuring that children under 14 either wear a seatbelt or use a suitable child restraint. Despite this, some drivers and passengers fail to take this safety measure - and if they’re involved in accidents, they’re much more likely to suffer serious injuries as a result. In addition, unbelted rear passengers can cause potentially serious injuries to drivers and front seat passengers.

Careless or aggressive driving - A poll conducted by Brake and Direct Line found that one in seven respondents said they’d been forced to take evasive action on the roads due to risky overtaking, while 94% had witnessed dangerous overtaking. This type of behaviour is just one example of careless and aggressive driving that can put people’s lives at risk.

Motorists who fail to look - A 2012 report released by the Department for Transport showed that 42% of all crashes studied involved people ‘failing to look properly’ when driving.

Make a compensation claim

Regardless of the cause, experiencing an accident on the roads can be highly traumatic. It can affect you physically, psychologically and financially. If you’ve suffered an accident on the roads and you think someone else was either partially or fully at fault, you may be able to claim compensation for your suffering. The expert personal injury solicitors at Slater and Gordon will be able to assess whether you have a claim and, if you do, they’ll guide you through this process.

The vast majority of our road traffic accident claims (98%) are funded through No Win, No Fee arrangements, so you can pursue compensation without risking your own finances. To find out more about our services, contact us online or call us on freephone 0808 175 8000.

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