A third of crashes due to losing controlNew road deaths data published by DfT
26 September 2008
New statistics reveal that a driver losing control of their car was a factor in a third of all fatal road accidents in 2007.
Newly published Department for Transport (DfT) statistics show ‘failing to look properly’ also contributed to 35% of all accidents.
The figures show accidents involving younger drivers (mostly young men) were more likely to relate to speed and behaviour, while contributing factors for older drivers were more likely to relate to their vision and judgment.
Four of the five most frequently reported factors in accidents involved driver or rider error or reaction.
But the DfT’s report shows that deaths on the roads fell last year to the lowest level since records began in 1928, showing that there has been progress towards the government’s goal of reducing road deaths by 40% by 2010.
The data also confirmed that deaths when someone was driving while over the legal alcohol limit fell by 100 cases (18%) from the 2006 level of 560.
Which? senior researcher George Marshall-Thornhill said: ‘We welcome the news that our roads seem to be getting safer, but more work is needed to reduce injuries and deaths on Britain’s roads.’
‘The government must ensure it maintains this momentum in keeping road users safe, including pedestrians and cyclists.’
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