Com­mon causes of road crashes

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page - BY OLIVER CLAY oliver.clay@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @Oliv­erClayRWWN

THE most com­mon causes of road crashes in Hal­ton have been re­vealed. Data pub­lished by the De­part­ment For Trans­port (DfT) tot­ted up the fac­tors in­volved in col­li­sions in 2017 for which a po­lice of­fi­cer has at­tended.

The top rea­son was ‘driver or rider fail­ing to look’, which was counted 77 times in 2017.

This was fol­lowed by driv­ers and riders fail­ing to judge an­other’s course or speed on 38, fol­lowed by a ‘poor turn or ma­noeu­vre’ on 23 oc­ca­sions.

Driver or rider be­ing ‘care­less or in a hurry’ was next, oc­cur­ring in 19 col­li­sions, and in fifth place­was slip­pery roads, at 17.

The full list of fac­tors cov­ers a di­verse range of is­sues from driv­ers daz­zled by the sun to an­i­mals in the road. The num­bers of times they were logged dur­ing 2017 is as fol­lows:

Fail­ing to look, 77; Fail­ing to judge an­other’s path or speed, 38; Poor turn or ma­noeu­vre, 23; Be­ing care­less or in a hurry, 19; Slip­pery road, 17; Loss of con­trol, 15; Pedes­trian failed to look prop­erly, 15; Driver or rider im­paired by al­co­hol, 10; Speed­ing, 9; Trav­el­ling too fast for con­di­tions, 9; Learner or in­ex­pe­ri­enced driver, 9; Dis­obeyed au­to­matic traf­fic sig­nal, 8; Junc­tion over­shoot, 8; Dis­obeyed give way or stop sign, 8; Ill­ness or dis­abil­ity, men­tal or ● phys­i­cal, 6; De­posit on road such as oil, mud, chip­pings, 5; Failed to sig­nal, 5; Mov­ing off from junc­tion, 5; Other, 5; Tem­po­rary road lay­out, 4; Cy­clist en­ter­ing road from pave­ment, 4; Tail­gat­ing, 4; Sta­tion­ary or parked ve­hi­cle, 4; Cross­ing road masked by sta­tion­ary or parked ve­hi­cle, 4; Pedes­trian failed to judge path or speed, 4; An­i­mal or ob­ject in car­riage­way, 3; Rain, sleet, snow or fog, 3; Pedes­trian care­less or hur­ry­ing, 3; Sud­den brak­ing, 3; Swerved, 2; Dis­trac­tion in ve­hi­cle, 2; Pedes­trian im­paired by drugs or medicine, 2; Dis­trac­tion out­side ve­hi­cle, 2; Dan­ger­ous ac­tion in road such as play­ing, 2; Poor or de­fec­tive sur­face, 2; De­fec­tive brakes, 2; Ve­hi­cle trav­el­ling on pave­ment, 2; Dis­obeyed dou­ble white line, 2; Il­le­gal turn or di­rec­tion of travel, 2; Daz­zling sun, 2; Road lay­out such as bend, wind­ing road or hill crest, 2; Blind spot, 2; De­fec­tive traf­fic sig­nals, 1; Road lay­out - e.g. bend, hill, nar­row road, 1; Emer­gency ve­hi­cle on a call, 1; Too close to cy­clist, horse, pedes­trian etc, 1; De­fec­tive steer­ing or sus­pen­sion, 1; Ag­gres­sive driv­ing, 1; Dis­obeyed pedes­trian cross­ing, 1; Build­ings, roads, street fur­ni­ture, 1.

Fac­tors recorded in years prior to 2017 in­cluded causes such as the ve­hi­cle be­ing used in crime, stolen ve­hi­cle, ve­hi­cle door opened neg­li­gently, dan­ger­ous ac­tion, in­ex­pe­ri­ence of driv­ing on the left, driver ner­vous or un­cer­tain of path, rider wear­ing dark cloth­ing, fa­tigue, im­paired by drug or medicine, il­le­gal or de­fec­tive tyres, in­ad­e­quate road mark­ings or masked signs, pedes­trian in dark cloth­ing, pedes­trian im­paired by al­co­hol, pedes­trian ill­ness or dis­abil­ity and traf­fic calm­ing.

The De­part­ment For Trans­port data has re­vealed that the most com­mon cause of road crashes in Hal­ton is driv­ers or riders fail­ing to look

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