There are a great many things that can make driving on the UK’s roads a dangerous experience – from the extreme weather conditions that the country often experiences during the winter months, that can turn the road surfaces into treacherous ice rinks – to the distractions of modern life, such as mobile phones, which cause people to lose concentration when they are behind the wheel. On top of this there is the simple fact that some people are reckless and irresponsible on the roads, whether it is due to alcohol or simple negligence.
However there are some places in the UK which are particularly dangerous to drive on for none of these reasons, with studies showing that a mere ten percent of the roads in the UK are the scenes of half of the fatal accidents which happen across Britain every year. The results of the research showed that the most dangerous place to drive in the UK was a part of the A537, known as the Cat and Fiddle Pass, and which lies between Buxton and Macclesfield in Cheshire, which has been regarded as something of a UK accident blackspot for some years. Other places which came high up on the list included the A5012 going from Pikehall to Matlock in Derbyshire, the A621 from Baslow to Totley in South Yorkshire and the A625 from Calver to Sheffield. However the indications of the research were that the part of the UK with the most dangerous places to drive, overall, was Scotland.
The research also indicated that the single safest place to drive in the UK is the West Midlands and other areas which had previously been amongst the most dangerous places for driving in the UK were now much safer than before – including the A40 in Wales going from Llandovery and Camarthen. This is due to improvements made to the road junction and resurfacing of the road to help prevent skidding. Cars also have more safety features nowadays such as the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK which includes Attention Assist and Adaptive breaks as standard, as well as many new other safety features.
Even with the best safety features there is always a chance of an accident. If you have been in an accident, you may be able to make a brain injury claim regarding your accident, and what you can do moving forward.