In Scotland there are certain roads and locations which account for a higher than average number of road accidents. These are called accident blackspots and they often occur because of factors such as:
- Hidden or poorly signposted junctions on fast roads and dual carriageways
- Hidden dips in the road, which can conceal an oncoming car
- Unexpectedly sharp bends on a fast road
- Poorly signposted crossroads
Some of the most notorious road accident blackspots in Scotland can be found on the A9, which runs from Perth to Inverness, and on the A92, from Dunfermline to Stonehaven.
Pedestrian and cyclist accident statistics and blackspots
When assessing pedestrian accidents, a 98-square mile pedestrian accident blackspot, running from the edge of Glasgow, through parts of Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire, accounted for one third of all the pedestrians killed in Scotland in 2012, according to the Evening Times.
Furthermore, a 2015 study, Glasgow's Cycle and Pedestrian Accident Blackspots, revealed that common cycling and pedestrian accident locations are usually concentrated on and around arterial roads that serve the city centre. Problems are compounded where there are also a high density of retail business, on-street parking, frequent junctions and only limited cycle-friendly infrastructure.
Statistics from Transport Scotland for 2014 reveal the following:
- There were 56 pedestrian road deaths
- There were eight cyclist deaths
- There were 1,739 pedestrian casualties
- There were 885 cyclist casualties
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