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Are country roads more dangerous?

Empty countryside road
14th May 2014

A recent BBC news article raised some interesting comparisons between accidents on roads in busy urban areas and quieter rural roads. The article, featured last week on the BBC website took a detailed look at accident figures for Greater London and compared them with accident statistics from the rural county of Northumberland. Using data from the BBC’s own accident maps and the Department of Transport, journalist Michael Blastland investigated whether the volume of traffic on a road and the speed that that traffic is travelling at affected the likelihood that you would be involved in a road accident if you travelled on it.

You can read Mr Blastland’s article here, but the points it raises about road safety in rural areas have been covered in previous articles on the Camps road traffic accident blog. As specialist road accident solicitors, we have seen many examples of serious road accidents taking place on apparently quiet country roads. Often these accidents result in much more serious injuries and much greater damage than road accidents that might take place in a heavily congested city centre. When you also account for potentially longer response times for the emergency services to attend accidents on remote rural roads then it’s easy to see how even a minor road accident on a rural road could have a serious outcome.

Here at Camps Solicitors, our road traffic accident lawyers deal with thousands of accident compensation claims made by people injured in road accidents each year. Whether you were involved in an accident in heavy traffic or in a busy city centre, or you’ve been hit by another vehicle on a quiet country road, we can help. Our expert accident claims teams will thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your accident, to make sure that any compensation claim you do make properly reflects the injuries you have suffered, the impact they have had on your life and also the damage or destruction of any of your property in the accident.