Driver error is contributory factor in 74% of accidents
Police can cite up to six factors for the cause of each accident they report. The figures from the Department for Transport show that in 2014 driver/rider error or reaction were cited as contributory factors in 74% of accidents, involving more than 117,000 casualties. Some 20,830 of these were in London alone.
The second highest factor was ‘behaviour or inexperience’ which was cited as a contributory factor in 26% of accidents, accounting for more than 40,000 casualties. In London the number was 9,508.
The other main factors in the top six were injudicious action (a contributory factor in 25% of accidents with 39,354 casualties), impairment or distraction (14% / 21,916), road environment (13% / 20,253) and vehicle defects (2% / 3,230).
Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: “People often blame their car, the road, or the other driver for the accidents and near misses that they have. These figures show that in the vast majority of cases, it’s the driver or rider themselves who is to blame.”
He added: “It is not enough to leave people to their own devices once they have passed their test. Like so many other areas of life extra coaching pays dividends – and for a driver or rider, that means keeping their skills fresh by continuous assessment.”