‘Failure to look’ more of a problem than speed, says IAM
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has identified that once again ‘failure to look properly’ is the most common contributory factor included in reports of over 30,000 vehicle accidents a year, following a Freedom of Information request to the Department for Transport.
Police can record up to six contributory factors from a list of 77 for each incident to explain why they think a crash took place, but the top two give the most obvious reasons for the incident. Analysis of the 2013 contributory factor combinations shows that top of the list was ‘failure to look properly’ combined with a ‘failure to judge another person’s path or speed’. These two together were responsible for 13,299 accidents, or 7% of the total number.
Next up was ‘failure to look properly’ combined with ‘carelessness or recklessness’, or ‘judged to be in a hurry’. These totalled 9132 accidents, or 5% of the total.