Bad driv­ing be­hind most ac­ci­dents


Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By RALPH BLACK­BURN

DON’T blame the roads, don’t blame the weather, the main cause of ac­ci­dents in Manch­ester is bad driv­ers, fig­ures re­veal.

The driver or rider fail­ing to look prop­erly con­trib­uted to 258 ac­ci­dents last year.

The sec­ond most com­mon cause was the driver or rider fail­ing to judge an­other ve­hi­cle’s speed, which oc­curred in 135 in­ci­dents in Manch­ester.

The fig­ures are from De­part­ment for Trans­port data, which lists con­trib­u­tory fac­tors for ac­ci­dents, as recorded by po­lice. There are 78 dif­fer­ent fac­tors for of­fi­cers to choose from.

They can record more than one rea­son for an ac­ci­dent, which, for ex­am­ple, could be caused by bad driv­ing, poor weather con­di­tions, pedes­tri­ans step­ping into the road, or a com­bi­na­tion of all three.

An ac­ci­dent is reg­is­tered when at least one per­son suf­fers a slight in­jury in an in­ci­dent with a ve­hi­cle.

The in­jury does not have to in­volve cars. It could be a bike col­lid­ing with a pedes­trian, or some­one fall­ing over while cy­cling.

Other com­mon fac­tors in Manch­ester were the driver or rider be­ing care­less and reckless, bad turns or ma­noeu­vres and pedes­tri­ans fail­ing to look prop­erly.

Across the north west the most com­mon rea­son was the driver not look­ing prop­erly.

RAC road safety spokesman, Pete Wil­liams, said: “More peo­ple lose their lives and are in­jured on Bri­tain’s roads in ac­ci­dents caused by driver or rider er­ror than for any other rea­son.

“Last year nearly two thirds of the fa­tal­i­ties on our roads were put down to mis­takes. The two big­gest driv­ing er­rors that led to the most deaths and ac­ci­dents were los­ing con­trol of a ve­hi­cle and fail­ing to look prop­erly.

“Sadly, the pic­ture doesn’t seem to be im­prov­ing as these fig­ures are fairly typ­i­cal of re­cent years’ data. We need to bet­ter un­der­stand the root causes of ac­ci­dents and there­fore re­quire more data – some­thing a ded­i­cated road ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion body could pro­vide.”

The fig­ures also show the num­ber of road ca­su­al­ties in Manch­ester. There were 1,379 ca­su­al­ties in 2017, dur­ing which 10 peo­ple were killed and 179 se­ri­ously in­jured.

Mr Wil­liams added: “While ev­ery­one makes mis­takes while driv­ing, mo­torists need to re­alise the po­ten­tial con­se­quences of los­ing fo­cus on what is a com­plex and de­mand­ing task.

“There are, of course, plenty of ac­ci­dents that are wholly avoid­able and re­sult from driver dis­trac­tions or im­pair­ment such as drink, hand­held mo­bile phone use and driver fa­tigue.”

In the fig­ures for the fol­low­ing ar­eas, the main cause of ac­ci­dents (first fig­ure) was the driver/rider fail­ing to look prop­erly, with the sec­ond fig­ure, fail­ing to judge an­other per­son’s speed:

Sal­ford: 107 ac­ci­dents last year and 55 in­ci­dents.

Stock­port: 57 ac­ci­dents last year and 27 in­ci­dents.

Tame­side: 71 ac­ci­dents last year and 39 in­ci­dents.

Wi­gan: 90 ac­ci­dents last year and 40 in­ci­dents.

Bad driv­ing is the cause of most ac­ci­dents

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