Originally Posted by V.Rossi
Although true, motorways are actually considered the safest UK roads. However the poster didn't say they weren't, he said there is a higher number of fatalatites on motorways, which although I don't have any evidence to present to the court of Sheffield forum, I can quite believe.
Something not being understood here - of the 2222 road deaths in 2009 and of the 1850 in 2010 5 or 6 percent of them (roughly 100) happened on motorways.
Your "higher number of fatalities on motorways" doesn't stack up, since 1900-2000 happened elsewheree, mostly on country A-roads.
If you or the previous poster are thinking "higher fatality rate per crash" or "more likely to die on a m/w" because of the higher speeds, that is simply not true since many crashes on m/w's are memorable events but eminently survivable as relatively low speed impacts (all mostly travelling in the same direction) that are catered for by crumple zones, seatbelts, head restraints and airbags. The cars are a mess, you won't forget the 10-15mph impact and the aftermath in a hurry but you live to tell the tale (fingers and everything else crossed).
What car occupants on m/w's struggle to survive is contact with trucks.