Car design could explain a rise in the number of side-on collisions caused by drivers pulling into traffic at the wrong time.
Increase In Side-On Traffic Collisions
The number of side-on collisions caused by motorists pulling into traffic at the wrong moment increased 12% in 2014 and vehicle design could be a contributing factor, Accident Exchange claimed. The collision management specialist revealed there were about 198,000 side-on impacts last year which accounted for 9% of the total (compared to 7.9% in 2013). The figure rose 27% compared to 2010. Impacts of this nature cost a lot to repair. In 2014, the average fix cost £1,342 which totalled £266 million throughout the UK.
Accident Exchange hinted that newer cars make it hard to see whether the road is clear. It argued that windscreen pillars tend to be thicker than their older counterparts and that there is less glass. Liz Fisher said: “The scrappage scheme of 2009/2010 removed thousands of older cars from the road. Newer models are renowned for their increased safety, but reduced visibility from thicker pillars and smaller glass areas means extra precaution should be taken when emerging from a side road into fast-flowing traffic.”
But there are other factors. Liz Fisher added: “The spike in this type of collision could stem from reduced concentration particularly (from) distracted drivers who follow the instructions of a navigation system and forget to adhere to the rules of the road or make the necessary checks before emerging.” She concluded: “Not looking properly at side road junctions before pulling out is one of the most common – and dangerous – errors a driver can make.”
How To Reduce Road Accidents
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents claimed that the government should act to reverse a recent rise in the number of people killed and injured on the roads. In 2014, fatalities hit 1,775 which was 4% higher than during 2013. Its proposals include:
- “A reduction in the drink-drive limit in England and Wales to 50mg, to match Scotland and most of Europe.
- The introduction of a package of measures to reduce crashes involving young drivers, such as graduated driver licensing.
- Help for employers to reduce the risks their staff face and create when they drive or ride for work.
- Introducing safer vehicles into our fleet as quickly as possible as vehicle technology improves.
- Ensuring there are sufficient numbers of road police officers to properly enforce road safety laws.
- Adopting single/double British summer time.