Three-year cost of road ac­ci­dents is £554m

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Along­side the emo­tional price paid by griev­ing fam­i­lies and friends, ev­ery se­ri­ous crash car­ries a hefty fi­nan­cial bur­den.

In just three years, from 2011 to 2013, road crashes cost the Kent econ­omy £554 mil­lion ac­cord­ing to new fig­ures re­leased by the Road Safety Foun­da­tion.

And the re­search places the A291 be­tween Can­ter­bury and Herne Bay among the UK’s most dan­ger­ous roads, with 19 se­ri­ous or fa­tal ac­ci­dents be­tween 2008 and 2013.

Roads like the A291 are of par­tic­u­lar con­cern to the foun­da­tion.

A-roads and mo­tor­ways rep­re­sent less than 10% of the UK’s road net­work, yet see 50% of fa­tal crashes.

The Road Safety Foun­da­tion says it would like to see lo­cal author­i­ties use its re­search to more ac­cu­rately tar­get dan­ger­ous roads to im­prove safety and re­duce the sever­ity of ac­ci­dents.

Caro­line Moore, a se­nior re­search an­a­lyst, said: “This isn’t about ask­ing for more money.

“All author­i­ties have a cer­tain bud­get for main­te­nance and road im­prove­ments, but are they able to use this bud­get on the roads that need the most ac­tion?

“Thirty per cent of se­ri­ous crashes are run-offs. If a ve­hi­cle loses con­trol and runs off the road, are there trees very close to the edge so they will go straight into them? Is there a bar­rier?

“Another third in­volv­ing death or se­ri­ous hap­pen at junc­tions. There’s lots you can do to im­prove road safety at junc­tions.

“Do they have a right turn bay, is it sim­ple enough for cars com­ing on to that ma­jor road, are there signs for ve­hi­cles warn­ing there is a junction com­ing up?”

The Depart­ment for Trans­port puts the cost of ev­ery death or se­ri­ous in­jury at £1,742,998.

This ac­counts for the cost to the emer­gency ser­vices, the in­sur­ance pay outs, and the loss of the con­tri­bu­tion the vic­tim would oth­er­wise have made to the econ­omy.

David and Mar­garet Bracewell are selling up The Fur­ni­ture Store & Sleep Cen­tre in Hythe Road in Ash­ford

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