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Most common causes for road accidents in London revealed

The most common cause of road accidents in London boroughs in 2017 was ‘driver/rider failing to look properly’.

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The most common cause of incidents where a police officer had to attend the scene was down to ‘driver/rider failing to look properly’

That’s the finding of research by the motoring specialists at Click4reg.co.uk after taking a closer look at the three most common reasons drivers have road accidents, resulting in a police officer attending the scene.

The data was put together by analysing figures released by GOV in November 2018 for all 33 London boroughs, which included 78 causes of road accidents.

The results show that the most common cause of incidents where a police officer had to attend the scene was the same for all London boroughs and it was caused due to the ‘driver/rider failing to look properly’.

The second most common reason was ‘driver/rider failed to judge other person’s path or speed’, which was the same for nearly all boroughs except for Westminster and City of London, where the ‘pedestrian failed to look properly’ with 240 and 39 accidents reported respectively in 2017.

The third most common reasons drivers were involved in an accident were very mixed for all London boroughs. In total, there was a variety of four causes; although “poor turn or manoeuvre” reappeared more frequently.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.