Bad driv­ing the main rea­son for ac­ci­dents

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

The driver or rider fail­ing to look prop­erly con­trib­uted to 141 ac­ci­dents last year.

The sec­ond most com­mon cause was the driver or rider fail­ing to judge an­other ve­hi­cle’s speed, which oc­curred in 52 in­ci­dents in Sefton.

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 doesn’t have to in­volve cars. It could be a bike col­lid­ing with a pedes­trian, or some­one fall­ing over while cy­cling.

Other com­mon fac­tors in Sefton were bad turns or ma­noeu­vres, pedes­tri­ans fail­ing to look prop­erly and the driver los­ing con­trol.

Across the re­gion 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 re­veal there were 569 ca­su­al­ties in Sefton in 2017. One per­son was killed and 111 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.”

More peo­ple lose their lives due to driver er­ror than any other rea­sion, the RAC says

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