Making errors and bad decisons key factors in fatal crashes, survey reveals

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Most accidents are caused by drivers making errors or bad decisions, a survey has revealed.

The figures came after Motoring Research analysed more than 78,500 accidents attended by the police in 2019.

Two thirds of accidents (66%) involved driver error – the biggest single mistake was not looking properly.

Poor behaviour – or lack of experience – was found in more than one fifth (23%).

More than 15% of those accidents were down to careless or reckless driving.

Going too fast for the conditions was also a key factor.

Driving error was the main cause of fatal accidents (62%) – with not looking properly the major problem.

Drunk drivers accounted for 6% of all accidents, rising to 8% in death crashes.

Speeding was a factor in 15% of fatal crashes.

Surprisingly, four deaths were caused by cars doors being opened or closed negligently.













About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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