Research uncovers accident black spots
New research has uncovered the dates and times accidents are most likely to occur.
According to a study by law firm Your Legal Friend, drivers in their early 30s are more likely than most to be involved in an accident, with 30-year-old most likely to cause an accident and 32-year-olds most likely to be on the receiving end.
The research also found that while the climate and weather does sometimes play a large role in road conditions, April was reported as the safest month on the roads with only 7.25% of all accidents, while July was the most dangerous month, with nine per cent of all accidents happening this month.
Sundays proved to be the least chaotic day of the week, with less accidents than any other day. Fridays are the peak time for road accidents, as drivers rush home after the working week. The most dangerous time to be on the road was 5-6pm in the evening on any day.
The research also highlighted Halifax, Liverpool, Coventry, Barking and St Albans as the most likely places for collisions to occur, with Ford cars the most accident-prone, involved in 16% of all accidents.
Meanwhile, the research found that men caused 70% of accidents.
Philip Waters, a solicitor from Your Legal Friend, said, ‘At one point or another, most people have experienced that heart-breaking moment of their first road accident. This study has revealed some rather interesting statistics, challenging a few common misconceptions about drivers in society today. These facts challenge stereotypes around women drivers and the elderly on the road, showing that men in their early 30s are the most likely to cause, and be involved in, road accidents. While no two drivers are the same, it would seem over-confidence on the road can be the most harmful trait for anyone, and that all drivers should ensure that safety is their first priority while out and about.’