Almost 18,000 pedestrians a year are being injured in road traffic accidents, new figures show.
Nearly half (47%) of the accidents are happening because pedestrians are failing to look properly when crossing a road; being careless, reckless or in a hurry; failing to judge speed properly or having their view blocked by a stationary vehicle, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) says.
‘Awareness needs to be raised’
The findings have prompted IAM to launch a call for more work to be done to raise awareness – among both drivers and pedestrians – about the risks they face on the UK’s roads.
It wants road safety education to be incorporated into the national curriculum in a bid to make young people more aware about the dangers.
IAM is also calling for both cars and roads to be made safer to reduce the chances of pedestrians being killed or injured.
Police attending the scene of an accident can record up to 6 factors they believe may have played a part in the accident.
Contributory factors recorded
The road safety charity used a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to ask for details of the most commonly recorded top 2 contributory factors in 2013, the most recent year for which the analysis is available.
The most commonly recorded pairing of factors was found to be pedestrians failing to look properly and being careless, reckless or in a hurry.
That pairing was recorded by police attending almost 1 in 4 (23%), or 4,100 injury accidents, many of which will have resulted in personal injury claims being made.
In almost 2,000 other cases officers said the likeliest cause was pedestrians not looking properly and crossing a road when their view was obstructed by a parked or stationary vehicle.
Failing to judge a vehicle’s path or speed together with pedestrians being careless, reckless or in a hurry were judged to be the likely cause of another 1,200 injury accidents.
And just over 1,000 more were judged to have been contributed to by pedestrians having their view masked combined with them being careless, reckless or in a hurry.
Source: Institute of Advanced Motorists
Date Published: September 15, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown