Sunday 4 December 2016

Driver error main cause of fatalities

Published 16/08/2011 | 05:00

It is wrong to
try to put the
blame for
accidents on
poor roads and
faulty vehicles
It is wrong to try to put the blame for accidents on poor roads and faulty vehicles

MUCH is being made of the notion that roads rather than drivers are to blame for accidents.

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However, according to Road Safety Authority (RSA) statistics, based on garda reports, only 1pc of accidents are attributable to roads, 2pc to environmental factors, 5pc to pedestrian error and a whopping 92pc to driver error, effectively demolishing this urban myth. The zero fatalities reported due to vehicle defects demolishes another myth.

Almost half (the same as the UK) of cyclists killed are hit by heavy goods vehicles, although they account for only 4pc of traffic on the road. The reason why HGVs are 10 times more dangerous is fairly obvious: visibility from the cab is severely restricted. The answer is obvious, too: legislation to fit CCTV into HGV's to cover blindspots.

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