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STORM Cal­lum may be rag­ing, caus­ing prob­lems on our roads, but bad weather isn’t the main cause of ac­ci­dents in Coven­try.

The con­di­tion of the roads isn’t even the main cul­prit ei­ther – with fig­ures re­veal­ing that bad driv­ers are in fact the main cause of ac­ci­dents in the re­gion.

Mo­torists fail­ing to look prop­erly con­trib­uted to 129 ac­ci­dents in the last year. The sec­ond most com­mon cause was the driver or rider be­ing care­less and reck­less, which oc­curred in 57 in­ci­dents in Coven­try . These fig­ures, which come from the Depart­ment for Trans­port, list 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 Coven­try were the driver or rider fail­ing to judge an­other ve­hi­cle’s speed, pedes­tri­ans fail­ing to look prop­erly and bad turns or ma­noeu­vres. Across the West Mid­lands 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. “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.” The fig­ures also show the num­ber of road ca­su­al­ties in Coven­try. There were 830 ca­su­al­ties in 2017, dur­ing which three peo­ple were killed and 115 se­ri­ously in­jured. In War­wick­shire, there were 483 ac­ci­dents in which the driver or rider failed to look prop­erly. The sec­ond most com­mon cause was the driver or rider fail­ing to judge an­other ve­hi­cle’s speed, which oc­curred in 278 in­ci­dents in War­wick­shire.

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