Injury Prevention Day 2017 – #IPDay17
16 August 2017 by Lauren Hancock
Wednesday 16th August marks the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers’ “Injury Prevention Day”. This year’s campaign is set to encourage safer driving on UK roads in the hopes of reducing the huge number of avoidable collisions that take place up and down the country each day.
By March 2016 there were 36.7 million vehicles licensed for use on UK roads, representing a 42% increase in the number of registered vehicles over the previous 20 years; it is no wonder then that the number of accidents on UK roads remains high.
In 2015 more than 140,000 accidents were reported on UK roads, an average of more than 380 incidents per day. Whilst this number demonstrates an improvement on 2008 figures, when the number of accidents totalled more than 170,000, it remains a cause for concern.
Since 2005, the UK Government has relied upon a “contributory factor” system in its recording of road traffic incidents. Police officers in attendance at the scene of an accident select up to six factors thought to have contributed to the incident. This allows monitoring of the most common causes.
Data recorded in 2015 demonstrates that driver error remains the largest contributing factor in UK traffic accidents, recorded in a staggering 72% of cases. Of those, more than 47,000 accidents were caused or partially caused by drivers failing to look properly, 23,000 by drivers failing to properly judge another vehicles speed and 17,000 by poor manoeuvring.
Behind driver error, driver behaviour or inexperience was responsible or partially responsible for 25% of all accidents recorded in 2015. Over 19,500 incidents were reported to have been caused or contributed to by careless or reckless driving, more than 3,500 by aggressive driving and close to 2,000 by nervous, uncertain or panicky driving.
Closely linked, injudicious driving accounted for or contributed to 23% of recorded accidents in 2015. More than 12,000 accidents were caused by vehicles exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast in the relevant conditions, equating to more than 12% of all accidents across the country. A further 7,000 accidents were contributed to by tailgaters and 3,500 by drivers who failed to properly give way.
Equally concerning are the almost 14,000 accidents caused by driver impairment or distraction. Of that number close to 5,000 drivers were found to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident and over 1,700 drivers were experiencing symptoms of fatigue, both known to significantly reduce reaction times.
The figures are clear; the number of incidents caused by or contributed to by the actions of drivers far exceed those caused by external factors. A huge number of accidents are therefore easily avoidable. The purpose of Injury Prevention Day is simple. Encourage safer driving in order to make Britain’s roads safer.
Updates on the APIL campaign can be found by searching #IPDay17 on Twitter and Facebook.
If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault within the last 3 years, we at Fisher Jones Greenwood can help. Contact our dedicated personal injury team on 01206 835250 for further information.
Note – The data used results in totals exceeding 100%. This is deliberate and accounts for the fact that each accident can have up to 6 contributing factors. For more information or to view a full break down visit the Government statistics website here.
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