Report reveals worst roads in Britain for road traffic accidents


Official statistics expose rural roads as the deadliest in the country.

A report released by the Department for Transport (DfT) has revealed some striking statistics in relation to hotspots for road traffic accidents in the UK.

The report, which was released at the end of 2019, details figures for road accidents from 2009 to 2018.

Incredibly, the official statistics show that nearly three in five (58%) of the 1,783 road deaths last year occurred on rural roads. Major cities feature much further down on the dangerous driving list.

While the North West was not the most dangerous region, in 2018 we still saw 17,101 accidents and 194 fatalities. The worst offending roads in the North West were the A49 which runs through Warrington, and the A57 which starts in Liverpool and runs into Sheffield via Manchester. Both roads had 0.03 fatal accidents per 100km.

Cheshire East was the highest-ranking area for fatalities in the North West, with 4.31 fatal accidents per 100,000 people. Cheshire West and Cheshire was next for the North West, with 3.17 fatal accidents per 100,000 people, demonstrating that rural roads are indeed the most dangerous.

The Government report states that there is “no single underlying factor that drives road casualties”. Instead, DfT point towards a combination of influences, including the distance people travel, the mix of transport modes and the behaviour of drivers, riders and pedestrians.


The Road Traffic Accident figures




The number of total annual accidents has steadily decreased over the past five years from 146,332 in 2014 to 122,635 in 2018 – a difference of -16%.

Analysis of the data from commercial vehicle lease company, AMT, shows that motorbikes remain the deadliest mode of transport. Their assessment found that:

  • Motorbikes remain the most dangerous transport type, with 5,686 casualties reported per billion passenger miles.
  • Police attendance to fatal accidents has dropped by 8% over the past five years.
  • The South East is the deadliest region with 2,945 fatal accidents reported over the past ten years.
  • Lincolnshire has the highest number of fatalities than any other county, with 56 reported deaths in 2018.
  • Kent, Surrey and Lancashire are England’s crash hotspots, with 13,296 casualties reported between them in the last year.

Their study also found that driver error was the most common cause of crashes, with more than 42,000 incidents as a result of Brits failing to look properly. Motorists failing to judge another person’s speed or route was blamed for another 21,000 incidents, while reckless driving accounted for 17,000 crashes.


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