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Accident hotspots and dangerous driving conditions

We take a look at some of the most accident-prone hotspots on England's roads, the areas with the most crash-for-cash fraudulent claims and in what conditions you're most likely to have an accident on the road.

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DRIVING DANGER ZONES

Your Risk of Accident Behind the Wheel

Where and when you travel in England can affect your chances of being in an accident. Certain regions, weather types, and road junctions are more dangerous than others. Do you know where you’re safe?

 

WHO GETS INTO VEHICLE ACCIDENTS?

Which Gender Gets Into More Accidents?

According to data from the Department for Transport, more male drivers are involved in accidents than female drivers.


Car Drivers in Reported Accidents by Gender
63%      Male Drivers
37%      Female Drivers

Which Age Group Gets Into More Accidents?

Though drivers involved in accidents are fairly evenly distributed across age groups, drivers age 40-49 are involved in one-fifth of all accidents.

Car Drivers in Reported Accidents by Age


Under 17

0%

17-19

7%

20-24

14%

25-29

12%

30-34

11%

35-39

10%

40-49

20%

50-59

13%

60-69

7%

70+

6%

 

WHERE IN THE UK ACCIDENTS HAPPEN

Accident Zones in England

Of all accidents that occur in a single year, more occur in London and the South East compared to other regions. The North East records the fewest accidents of any region.

Total Accidents in England by Region
18%      London
17%      South East
13%      North West
11%      East of England
10%      Yorkshire and the Humber
10%      West Midlands
9%       East Midlands
9%       South West
4%       North East
*Due to rounding, figures exceed 100 per cent

 

Fraudsters Hotspots

Motorists can be victims of chance in an accident, but they can also be victims of people who intentionally cause an accident to file claim payouts. Here are the top 10 places where these “Crash-for-Cash” schemes happen.

 

Top 10 Crash-for-Cash Hotspots
1. Barking:        Essex A406 eastbound, junction with Abbey Road.
2. St Albans:     Herts North Orbital Road at Noke Lane/Lye Lane.
3. West London:            A40, intersection with North Circular Road, also known as the Hanger Lane Gyratory.
4. Kensworth:    Beds A5 Dunstable Road/B4540 Lynch Hill junction.
5. Farnworth:     Lancs M61 Junction 4.
6. Newton Heath: Lancs Oldham Bypass, roundabout at Manchester Road.
7. Warrington:   Lancs Grange Avenue (roundabouts 7A, B, C, D).
8. Little Aston:   W Mids Chester Road near Hobs Hole Lane junction.
9. Fen End:       W Mids A4177 Honiley Road, heading towards Warwick.
10. Waltham Cross: Herts A10/A121 roundabout.

 

CONDITIONS FOR LIKELY ACCIDENTS

Accidents More Common in Dry, Daytime Conditions

Fewer accidents occur at night than occur during daylight hours, when more cars are on the road.


Accidents Occurring by Day or Night

  • 75%      Daylight
  • 25%      Darkness

Accidents Occurring by Road Condition

  • 68%      Dry Conditions
  • 25%      Wet or Flood Conditions
  • 7%       Snow or Ice Conditions
  • * Where road conditions were reported

 

Where Accidents Occur

The majority of accidents take place at or near junctions. The greatest risk of accidents is in slip roads, where 55 percent of all junction accidents occur.

Accidents Occurring Near Junctions

  • 60%      Occur at a junction
  • 40%      Occur at least 20 metres from a junction

Accidents By Junction Type

55%      T or Slip Roads

17%      Roundabout

16%      Crossroads

7%       Other Junction

6%       Private/Entrance

*Due to rounding, figures exceed 100 per cent

 

     

All figures represent transport data for 2010 released September 2011.

SOURCES: DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT, DIRECT LINE, AUTOEXPRESS.CO.UK


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