Kent has been revealed to have the most dangerous roads in the UK, according to new research from Uswitch.com, the comparison and switching service.
The study, which analysed data from the Department for Transport, looked at the 131,369 deaths and serious injuries which took place on UK roads between 2015 and 2019, split out by local authority area .
The south-east of England is home to the most dangerous roads in the UK, with three out of the five local authority areas reporting the highest number of casualties .
Table 1: The UK’s Most Dangerous Regions
|Local authority||Total casualties|
|Kent, South East||3,844|
|Essex, East of England||3,770|
|Hampshire, South East||3,561|
|Surrey, South East||3,445|
|Lancashire, North West||3,375|
|West Sussex, South East||2,485|
|Lincolnshire, East Midlands||2,371|
|Birmingham, West Midlands||2,300|
|Norfolk, East of England||2,194|
|Hertfordshire, East of England||2,138|
Meanwhile, results for Scotland and Wales revealed that both countries had some of the safest roads in the UK, with eight out of the 10 local authorities recording the fewest number of reported casualties. Bracknell Forest and Hartlepool were the only two English regions to appear in the top 10 .
Table 2: The UK’s Safest Regions
|Local authority||Total casualties|
|Merthyr Tydfil, Wales||71|
|East Dunbartonshire, Scotland||79|
|Blaenau Gwent, Wales||83|
|West Dunbartonshire, Scotland||119|
|Bracknell Forest, South-East||131|
|Vale of Glamorgan, Wales||137|
|Isle of Anglesey, Wales||154|
The results of the study show that the majority of incidents involved people aged between 24 and 55 years old, with almost half (46%) of all recorded casualties falling within this age bracket . The data also highlighted a gender split, with seven out of 10 (69%) accidents involving men, compared with just three out of 10 (31%) involving women .
It was also found that over half of road casualties occur at speeds between just 21-30mph, with T-junctions being danger hotspots as 37,133 deaths or serious injuries were reported at this type of junction over the past five years .
Florence Codjoe, car insurance expert at Uswitch.com comments: “With tens of thousands of people killed or seriously injured each year in traffic accidents, road safety is something drivers should always keep in mind, wherever they are. And as weather conditions get worse moving into winter, drivers need to be even more conscious of their surroundings. Rain and snow on the road can reduce your grip and increase stopping distances, while the darker days can impact your visibility while driving. It’s vital drivers remain aware, even with fewer cars on the road than usual.”
Explore the data in full and find out how safe the roads are where you live here.
1. Based on data gathered using the Department for Transport’s online road traffic tool, which showed that Kent had 3,844 reported casualties between 2015 and 2019, compared with the second highest region of Essex, with 3,770 reported casualties. ‘Casualty’ refers to someone who has either died or been seriously injured, as defined in the data – it doesn’t include slight injuries.
2. Clackmannanshire (61 casualties), Merthyr Tydfil (71), East Dunbartonshire (79), Torfaen (82), Blaenau Gwent (83), West Dunbartonshire (119), Vale of Glamorgan (137) and Isle of Anglesey (154) were all in the top 10 regions with the lowest reported casualties between 2015 and 2019, according to data from the Department for Transport’s online road traffic tool.
3. According to data from the Department for Transport, there were 68,640 reported casualties within the 21 – 30mph speed limit, compared to the second highest figure of 28,077 at 51 – 60mph and 37,133 reported casualties at T-junctions between 2015 and 2019, compared to the second highest figure of 10,613 reported casualties at crossroads.
4. Data gathered using the Department for Transport’s online road traffic tool, looking at casualties on UK roads by local authority for the period from 2015 – 2019. Data released in and accurate as of September 2020. Data on locations and road user type is collected at the scene, and may not always be consistent. Data only includes cases that have been reported by the police – the true number of road casualties is more difficult to track, but estimates based on insurance claims and hospital data suggest the actual number is significantly higher.
5. Kent (3,844 casualties), Hampshire (3,561) and Surrey (3,445) were all in the top 5 regions with the highest reported casualties between 2015 and 2019, according to data from the Department for Transport’s online road traffic tool.
6. According to data from the Department for Transport, 60,119 reported accidents between 2015 and 2019 involved people aged between 24 and 55 years old, out of a total of 134,316, making up 44.7%.
7. According to data from the Department for Transport, 91,225 reported accidents between 2015 and 2019 involved men and 40,121 involved women, equalling 69.5% (men) and 30.5% (women) of the 131,316 total count.