A new report looks in detail at collisions in the north east of England where ‘failed to look properly’ was recorded as a contributory factor.
The report, compiled by the North East Regional Road Safety Resource, analyses casualty stats from collisions that occurred in the north east region of England between 2008 and 2012, in which at least one driver or rider involved was judged to have ‘failed to look properly’.
Peter Slater from the North East Regional Road Safety Resource, said: “We chose this topic for detailed investigation because while ‘failure to look properly’ is the most commonly recorded contributory factor in collisions in the north east, and across the country as a whole – being listed as a factor in 38% of all collisions – there is relatively little published research into the specific details of the collisions.”
The report indicates that people are more likely to ‘fail to look properly’ on urban roads where there is a 30mph speed limit, and especially when negotiating a junction.
It also shows that almost half of all incidents (49%) were ‘car on car’ – where a car driver ‘failed to look properly’ and then collided with another car.
It also shows that in more than 40% of incidents in which motorcyclists and pedal cyclists were hit by a car or medium goods vehicle, the vehicle driver was adjudged to have ‘failed to look properly’.
The full report – Analysis of Casualties from Collisions Involving Drivers or Riders who ‘Failed to Look Properly’ in North East England, 2008–2012 – is available on the North East Regional Road Safety Resource website, and will shortly be added to the Road Safety Knowledge Centre.
For more information contact Peter Slater on 0191 433 3165.