The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is calling for an “even greater focus” on pedestrian protection following a FOI request which revealed that nearly 18,000 pedestrians were injured in collisions involving vehicles in 2013.
The Freedom of Information (FOI) request asked for details of the most common pairs of contributory factors reported by police in 2013.
Police can record up to six contributory factors to explain why they think a crash took place, but the IAM says the top two give the “most obvious reasons for the incident”.
In July the IAM reported that ‘failure to look properly’ and ‘failure to judge other person’s path or speed’ was the biggest pairing of factors when it came to vehicles in collisions.
With regard to pedestrian casualties, ‘pedestrian failed to look properly’ with ‘pedestrian careless, reckless or in a hurry’ were named as factors in 4,100 casualty collisions – 23% of the overall total.
‘Pedestrian crossing road masked by stationary or parked vehicle’ with ‘pedestrian failed to look properly’ accounted for 1,961 casualties (11%).
‘Pedestrian failed to judge vehicle’s path or speed’ with ‘pedestrian careless, reckless or in a hurry’ caused 1,204 casualties (7%), while ‘pedestrian crossing road masked by stationary or parked vehicle’ with ‘pedestrian careless, reckless or in a hurry’ was responsible for 1,013 casualties (6%).
The IAM is calling for a range of measures to protect pedestrians including making pedestrian safety a bigger factor in vehicle design, and a long-term engineering programme to deliver safer roads in the UK.
Sarah Sillars, IAM chief executive officer, said: “Pedestrian fatalities are rising faster than any other group right now so it is vital that drivers are more sympathetic and aware of pedestrians when they make their journeys.
“There is no need to blame any party when it comes to how to reduce the numbers of people killed and injured on our roads – all road users need to look out for each other and ensure we minimise the impact of our own and others unpredictable behaviour."