News article published on: 18th June 2014
The personal injury department at Osbornes solicitors have produced a guide to road accidents in the UK. Produced using the latest 2012 information from the governments ‘road safety accident dataset’ the guide provides users with accident statistics based on a number of factors including the time, weather conditons, age and gender.
Stuart Kightley, specialist head injury solicitor and joint head of the personal injury department at Osbornes comments:
“All of this information is in the public domain, however what the guide does is present it in a user friendly format which is easily understandable. The data highlights some very interesting trends which local authorities and which the government should take note of when it comes to road and town plannnig as well as for example the time of day extra police presence on our roads would be worthwhile”.
Statistics contained in the guide include reasons for an accident occuring. As one would expect in 2012 the highest number of road accidents (138,401) took place at a junction. What is interesting is that 19,451 accidents occured when a vehicle was slowing down, perhaps due to approaching a speed camera. This therefore raises the question of whether mechanisms put in place to slow drivers down actually are more harmful than good?
Other useful information highlighted in the guide show that the most likely time for a serious injury to take place involving a car is at 3pm, whereas a serious injury involving a motorbike or bicycle is at 5pm.
For more information on the production of this guide and to speak with Stuart Kightley you can call us or e-mail Stuart at firstname.lastname@example.org