New cab design could improve HGV safety and save lives on the road

A longer, more aerodynamic design in large vehicles could improve HGV safety and help to prevent serious accidents on the road according to a new EU backed study. Longborough University’s design school have come up with a design for the cab which could improve vision for lorry drivers and could save the lives of vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians. The new cab would be 80cm longer, with a rounded front, extra windows, smaller dashboard and lower driver position. The study states that it could reduce blind spots around the lorry allowing drivers to see vulnerable road users. The improvements should be adopted around the EU according to the study.

The overall concept would reduce blind spots by 50% compared with designs present on the roads today which are a major contributor to serious road traffic accidents. The study was commissioned by Transport for London and the European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E). Project lead Dr Summerskill has said that these improvements could be key in allowing HGV drivers to spot vulnerable road users. The project, called Direct Vision, has been lauded by the senior policy officer of T&E who states that this design should become compulsory for all new lorry designs. In 2013 alone, nine of the 14 cyclists killed in road accidents in London were in an accident involving an HGV.

The risks to vulnerable road users

Vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists are more at risk on the road, particularly around large vehicles. HGV safety improvements could reduce the risk of serious accidents involving vulnerable road users but, until these changes take place, simply staying out of a vehicle’s blind spot can help reduce the risk of an accident. However, if a driver has put you at risk and you are involved in an accident, you may be entitled to claim compensation for any injuries sustained. Should you need help with this, Accident Advice Helpline can assist.

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Source: Transport for London

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