The UK’s Most Dangerous Roads
From a survey of British motorists, 40% said that ‘motorways and duel carriageways’ were the most dangerous roads in Britain. However, subjective personal experience and anecdotal evidence cannot alone determine policy. Rather, in fact, according to official figures every road in the most dangerous top 10 list is a single carriage ‘A Road’.
This data of dangerous ‘A’ roads tallies with government personal injury data, which illustrates that several car accident claims involve rural or city roads – which are A roads.
Look at this graph – the data comes from UK Gov. It shows that 6 per cent of road traffic accidents in 2015 occurred on minor roads with 30 MPH speed limits. However, only 7 per cent happened on a motorway.
- A18: From Laceby to Ludborough, Lincolnshire
- A36: From A3090 to Totton, Hampshire
- A588: From A585 Blackpool to Lancaster
- A44: From Llangurig to Aberystwyth
- A532: From A530 to A534 Crewe, Cheshire
- A291: From Canterbury to Herne Bay, Kent
- A6: From M6 junction 33 to Lancaster
- A361: From Chipping Norton to Banbury, Oxfordshire
- A40: From M40 junction 5 to High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
- A643: From Brighouse to Morley, West Yorkshire
Other data illustrating the number of cases registered with the CRU (Compensation Recovery Unit) demonstrates very interesting statistics. Despite the Ministry of Justice and the MIB (Motor Insurance Bureau) insisting that the United Kingdom suffers from a whiplash compensation culture out of control, cases registered with CRU have fallen since 2011.
Political parties, pressure groups, and independent commissions all point out that the MoJ’s reason for reform is motivated by their support for big business’ insurance profit. At the end of the day, if these reforms are pushed through it will be increasingly difficult for people to claim for whiplash and personal injury.
However, with the current problems Theresa May’s minority government has, it’s unlikely she’ll be able to reform anything. The Brexit negotiations and the fall out over the Grenfell Tower fire will be the overriding preoccupations. Given the unexpected result of the Conservatives failing to achieve a majority Government, the 2017 Queen’s Speech was perhaps trickier to predict than most. However, on the issues of civil justice and insurance, it seems as though the manifesto pledges of relevance have been taken forward:
Civil Liability Bill
• This Bill will crack down on fraudulent whiplash claims and is expected to reduce motor insurance premiums by about £35 per year.
• The Bill will ban offers to settle claims without the support of medical evidence and introduce a new fixed tariff of compensation for whiplash injuries with a duration of up to 2 years.
Source: The Road Safety Foundation