A collision has happened here, what can be done about it?
In the case of single/one off collisions it is difficult to identify a specific safety improvement that will help to prevent a similar occurrence in the future. Road safety improvements are most effective when based on detailed analysis of a number of similar collisions and for this reason Somerset Road Safety looks at details of a minimum of seven collisions when identifying specific improvements.
Each year there are over 1200 personal injury collisions recorded by the Police within Somerset. Using the GIS Collision Software system, all collisions are analysed and then broken down into cluster (a geographical grouping regardless of road), length (a grouping along a specific road) or Urban Safety Management priorities. This process generates lists of sites that are further analysed and enables Somerset Road Safety to produce prioritised shortlists of improvements.
If a collision results in a fatality then it will be investigated by the Police Collision Investigation team and subsequently by the Somerset Road Safety Collision Investigation and Prevention (CIP) Team. From these investigations any recommendations with regards to safety improvements will be proposed.