‘Fail­ure to look’ more of a prob­lem than speed, says IAM

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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.

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