A four mile stretch of the A36 in Totton has been named the second most dangerous road for motorists by the Road Safety Foundation (RSF).
Hampshire as a whole was also named at the top of the list for the cost of road crashes – the county suffered more than half a billion pounds of economic loss.
The statistics show that there has been more than a 30% increase in the number of fatal and serious crashed on the A36 from the A3090 Ower roundabout to Totton.
The RSF report revealed that there were 16 such incidents in 2011-2013 compared to 12 in 2008-2010.
44% of these crashes saw road junctions as a contributing factor and 38% involved pedestrians and cyclists.
The RSF say that more focus needs to be made on the safety of single A Roads like the A36. Safety improvements could include mobile speed camera, variable message signs to prepare road users for junctions, cycleway extensions and road resurfacing.
Vicki Wright, personal injury lawyer at Swain & Co, comments, “It is worrying to know that we have the second most dangerous road in the country here in Hampshire. Statistics rarely help those who are injured in road traffic accidents, but by highlighting the serious risk the road poses to users, I can only hope that the authorities do more to make the road safer.”