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Liverpool car crash accident statistics 2015/16

Like all cities, Liverpool has its fair share of road traffic accidents.

Here at CL Legal we wanted to try and build up a clear picture of the car accidents that happen on Liverpool roads – where they happen, when they happen, what vehicles are involved and how many injuries are caused as a result.

To do this we analysed the data in every car accident reported on the Liverpool Echo website between July 2015 and July 2016 – giving us over 100 separate incidents to look at.

See the full results of our study below, or use the links on the right to jump to a particular section…

Date of accident

Our study found that the amount of road traffic accidents in Liverpool are fairly consistent month-on-month.

There is, however, a slight increase in accidents in the spring and summer months, with March and July seeing the highest amount of car crashes on Liverpool roads.

The least amount of reported crashes were in October and November.

Time of accident

As well as looking at what month the car crashes happened, we also wanted to get an insight into the common times of day the accidents occurred.

As you can see below, the morning rush hour is by far the most dangerous time to be on Liverpool roads with more accidents happening before 9am than at any other time of the day.

Location of accident – Roads

Most of the reports in our data listed the location the accident took place – either the specific road or motorway it happened on.

From reviewing the data we were able to identify the roads in Liverpool that had the highest number of accidents.

Queens Drive had the most – more than twice as many as any other road in Liverpool – with just over 10% of all the car crashes reported happening on Queens Drive.

Queens Drive Liverpool

Dunnings Bridge Road and Edge Lane Drive were joint second, with 4.7% of the reported accidents happening on each of those roads. They are followed by Speke Boulevard with 3.7%.

N.B. a further 3.7% of accidents were reported as happening at Switch Island, so could conceivably be added to the Dunnings Bridge Road count which would mean 8.4% of the reported accidents occurred there.

Location of accident – Postcode

What area of Liverpool has the most road traffic accidents?

We crunched the numbers to identify the postcode with the most reported car accidents, and although roads like Queens Drive and Dunnings Bridge Road run through several postcodes we were able to pinpoint the locations fairly accurately using the data to hand.

The L13 postcode, which incorporates Clubmoor, Old Swan, Stoneycroft and Tuebrook had the most accidents over the past year, with almost 16% of the reported accidents happening there.

L30 – Bootle and Netherton – was second with 8.4% of accidents, and L3 (city centre, Everton, Vauxhall) was third with 6.5%.

Location of accident – Motorways

We also looked at the data to reveal which motorways around Liverpool have the most accidents, and found that the M56 had by far the most.

20.6% of all the accidents that were reported over the past year in Liverpool happened on the motorways, and a massive 41% of those happened on the M56.

The M57 was second with 18% of all motorway incidents, and the M53 third with 13.6%.

Vehicle type – manufacturer

We also studied the data to find out what types of vehicle are the most likely to be involved in road traffic accidents in Liverpool.

Not all of the reports on the Echo website featured the make and model of each vehicle involved in each accident, but enough of them did for us to be able to identify the common manufacturers.

Ford and Vauxhall vehicles are by far the most common vehicles to be involved in accidents on Liverpool roads, followed by Volkswagen’s, Renault’s and Peugeot’s.

Vehicle type – model

As well as identifying the manufacturers, we also analysed the data to see which models of car are the most likely to be involved in accidents in Liverpool.

Again, not all of the reports on the Echo website were able to identify the exact model of each vehicle involved in the accident – but of those that did there was one clear winner when it comes to the dubious title of ‘most likely car to be in an accident in Liverpool’…

Ford Focus car in black

Of all the road traffic accident reports that were able to identify the model of vehicles involved, 23% of them involved a Ford Focus.

In comparison, the second most likely car models to be involved in accidents in Liverpool were Vauxhall Astra’s and Corsa’s which were identified in a little over 10% of the accidents.

Accidents involving pedestrians

Of all the Liverpool road traffic accidents reported in the Echo over the past year, 11% of them involved a pedestrian being hit – and subsequently injured – by a vehicle.

A similar amount of accidents – 9% – involved a cyclist being hit by a vehicle on Liverpool roads.

  • Pedestrian
  • Cyclist
  • Vehicle on vehicle

Accidents causing injuries

Whether it’s a driver, passenger, cyclist, motorcyclist or pedestrian, we reviewed the data to find out exactly how many road traffic accidents in Liverpool result in an injury.

From the reported data we reviewed, we found that 71.9% of all road accidents in Liverpool result in at least one person suffering an injury.

  • Injury recorded
  • No injuries

Accidents causing injuries – by month

As well as looking at the raw numbers for injuries, we also wanted to break it down and identify any patterns – starting with when road traffic accident injuries are mostly likely to occur on Liverpool roads.

As we identified above, more crashes tend to happen in the summer months. The data for injuries correlates slightly, although not completely, with this. Injuries are clustered around the summer months, but whereas accidents are more common in the months of March and July, injuries are more common in May, June and July – with March quite low in comparison.

14% of all road traffic accidents that resulted in injuries happened in May, with 13% happening in June and 11% in May.

Accidents causing injuries – by time of day

So we know that road accidents are more likely in summer, but at what time of the day are they most likely to occur in Liverpool?

Our research showed that accidents in the morning rush hour are most likely to lead to injuries, with 36% of all injury-causing accidents happening before 9am.

Key takeaways

Liverpool road traffic accidents are slightly more likely to happen in the spring and summer months, with March and July seeing the highest amount of car crashes on Liverpool roads.

The morning rush hour is by far the most dangerous time to be on Liverpool roads, with more accidents happening before 9am than at any other time of the day.

Queens Drive had more than twice as many road accidents than any other road in Liverpool – with just over 10% of all the car crashes reported happening on Queens Drive.

The L13 postcode, which incorporates Clubmoor, Old Swan, Stoneycroft, Tuebrook had the most accidents over the past year, with almost 16% of the reported accidents happening there.

20.6% of all the accidents that were reported over the past year in Liverpool happened on the motorways, and a massive 41% of those happened on the M56.

Ford and Vauxhall vehicles are by far the most common vehicles to be involved in accidents on Liverpool roads, and of all the road traffic accident reports that were able to identify the model of vehicles involved, 23% of them involved a Ford Focus.

Of all the Liverpool road traffic accidents reported over the past year, 11% of them involved a pedestrian being hit – and subsequently injured – by a vehicle.

From the reported data we reviewed, we found that 71.9% of all road accidents in Liverpool result in at least one person suffering an injury. Injuries from road accidents are more common in May, June and July.

Our research showed that accidents in the morning rush hour are most likely to lead to injuries, with 36% of all injury-causing accidents happening before 9am.

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