Van drivers are more likely to be involved in road traffic accidents if they follow other drivers too closely, research reveals.
AXA Business Insurance, which carried out a study into more than 1.3 million police crash reports between 2008 and 2012, is urging motorists to beware of White Van Man on their tail.
Red flag issues
The findings suggest that van drivers are 47% more likely to be involved in a crash when they are tailgating other vehicles, plus they seem far more likely than other drivers to crash when reversing, doing a U-turn or changing lanes.
They are also more liable than other road users to get tired or distracted behind the wheel – one of the major causes of collisions on the road.
But analysis of the findings did not just return negative trends for the van driving sector.
On the other hand it was found that van drivers are less likely to cause crashes at roundabouts, in towns and cities and when overtaking.
They are also seen to be more confident drivers, who are less prone to drink-driving and speeding than other road users in general.
Nevertheless, van drivers are more likely than others to be involved in accidents in London and in the north east of England and are also prone to crashes across the West Midlands and the East Midlands areas as well.
Car accident compensation
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Such accidents can be particularly debilitating, resulting in a significant period of time off work, so it is important to seek compensation when possible. You can use the money to help cover medical costs and provide assistance with bills and other household costs.
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Last year the Department for Transport increased the fines for drivers guilty of speeding offences and introduced a new fixed penalty offence to make it easier for police to target those guilty of tailgating.