Constituency is a hotspot for serious crashes

23/7/13- Accident scene on the A21 near Hurst Green. SUS-150331-121953001
23/7/13- Accident scene on the A21 near Hurst Green. SUS-150331-121953001

A new report has revealed that those living in the Bexhill and Battle area have amongst the highest risk of being killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions in the UK.

A new report by Direct Line Car Insurance and PACTS (an All-Party Parliamentary Group) calculates the road casualty rates for residents of each parliamentary constituency relative to the local population.

The report shows that residents of Bexhill and Battle parliamentary constituency, which includes the notorious A21 and A259, have amongst the highest rates for accidents which kill or seriously injure (KSI) in Britain.

The constituency has a KSI rate 69 per cent higher than the national average.

Looking only at those casualties who are killed or seriously injured shows a different pattern to that for all road casualties.

Constituencies with the highest KSI rates tend to be very rural in nature, often reflecting high speed impacts as vehicles travel at faster speeds on roads with fewer safety measures.

Bexhill and Battle came in fourth position behind Banff and Buchan, West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, and Gordon. Neighbouring Wealden is in at sixth place, with 63 percent.

David Davies, executive director of PACTS said: “Road collisions remain a major cause of death and serious injury in Britain. Traffic danger has a significant negative influence on society, it discourages people from walking or cycling, restricts the freedom of children and means vulnerable road users feel intimidated. Despite great improvements in emergency services and trauma care, thousands of victims of road collisions are left with life-changing injuries while the families of casualties also find their lives changed forever.”