The stretch of the A57, called the Snake Pass, that cuts across the Pennines between Glossop and Sheffield is considered to be a particularly dangerous stretch of road for its users. For those who travel along the road it provides spectacular views and picturesque scenery but unfortunately also provides dangers for drivers and motorcyclists who don’t take sufficient care.
This route is particularly popular with motorcyclists due to the nature of the terrain and so sadly many of the accidents which occur on the road involve motorcyclists and these accidents can sometimes be fatal. Although the Snake Pass may not rank as highly as other dangerous roads it is considered dangerous due to both the number of accidents recorded annually and the extreme weather and road conditions that road users can be faced with. The road becomes particularly treacherous during the winter when the road is prone to snow and ice as well as the occasional landslip. It is often the case that the extremes of the weather and the dangerous conditions force the road to be closed until the weather improves or the obstacles are removed from the road.
There have been a number of campaigns aimed at improving the safety record of the Snake Pass and many of these have been aimed at motorcyclists. If you travel over the Snake Pass you will see the signs warning of the dangers to motorcyclists and advising motorists of their likely presence along the route. Many of the accidents are caused by a combination of travelling too quickly, overtaking and sharp bends in the road. The nature of the accidents often prompt an increase in motorbike accident claims being made against other road users for causing the accidents. Motorbike accident claims, as with any accident claim, can be difficult to proceed with unless there is clear evidence and the victims are able to demonstrate that somebody was responsible for the incident and therefore culpable. Accidents involving motorbikes can often be caused by the fact that they are often less visible than cars to other road users and so there can be an increased risk of them being struck by other vehicles.
Due to the number of injuries and fatalities caused by accidents on the pass it was decided that a communications mast needed to be placed somewhere along the pass so that emergency services could remain in contact and not become cut off when travelling along the Snake Pass. The mast was erected in mid 2010 and provides the emergency services with full reception so that they can be quickly alerted to any accidents or emergencies and respond accordingly. Although there are many accidents along the Snake Pass it doesn’t often enter into the lists of the most dangerous roads in Britain and for many it is a tranquil and very enjoyable journey with breath-taking scenery to be enjoyed.
The Snake Pass is a beautiful stretch of road but can prove to be very unforgiving to those users who decide to take risks or be reckless. Many of the accidents that take place are caused by people travelling too fast and not taking adequate care; if you are sensible and use the road properly you will find that it is a very scenic and enjoyable route to use.