Main cause of accidents on Dorset's roads revealed

Main cause of accidents on Dorset's roads revealed

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:36am 9th October 2019.

Drivers not looking properly was the most common cause of road accidents in Dorset last year.

The figures come from the Department for Transport.

They show drivers or riders failing to look properly contributed to 201 accidents in Dorset last year.

The figures, which report contributory factors for accidents as recorded by police, show 92 accidents were caused by drivers or riders failing to judge another vehicle's speed. 

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  • Last year, 13 people were killed and 177 people were seriously injured on Dorset's roads.
  • So far, this year there have been at least 18 deaths in the county.
  • In 2017, police recorded 21 deaths and 199 serious injuries.
  • Overall casualties, which include slight injuries, fell from 1,183 to 994 over the period.

Officers can choose one or more reasons for any accident where at least one person suffers a slight injury in an incident with a vehicle.

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Road safety charity Brake has called for a radical overhaul of road safety measures to prevent "needless, preventable" deaths from dangerous driving.

Samuel Nahk, senior public affairs officer at Brake, said:

"These figures clearly highlight that driver error is one of the main causes of crashes on our roads, all too often leading to death and serious injury.

"Yet every death and injury on our roads is a needless, preventable tragedy.

"Drivers can also reduce their chances of causing a crash by ensuring they stick well within the speed limit, take more time to look carefully at junctions, and giving the road their full attention at all times."