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Road Traffic Accidents

Transport written question – answered on 7th July 2005.

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Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson Opposition Whip (Commons), Shadow Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport), Liberal Democrat Whip

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents have been caused by loads breaking free of cargo trucks in each month since January 2003; how many of these resulted in one or more fatalities; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Stephen Ladyman Stephen Ladyman Minister of State, Department for Transport

The Department's Personal Injury Road Accident Database records, for each reported accident, whether a dislodged vehicle load in the vicinity of the accident formed a carriageway hazard. The table shows the number of reported accidents for which such a hazard was recorded. It cannot be determined whether the load forming the hazard broke free from a cargo truck, or whether the load caused the accident.

Number of Injury Road Traffic Accidents in the United Kingdom where a dislodged vehicle load in the carriageway was a hazard(10): by month from January 2003
Month Fatal Accidents All Accidents
2003
January 0 29
February 0 29
March 1 31
April 0 27
May 0 29
June 0 46
July 0 21
August 0 30
September 0 35
October 0 28
November 0 26
December 0 20
Total 1 351
2004
January 0 19
February 0 16
March 0 19
April 0 21
May 0 30
June 0 31
July 0 25
August 0 36
September 0 37
October 0 26
November 0 20
December 1 17
Total 1 297

Source:

Department for Transport and Police Service of Northern Ireland

Note:

(10) These figures do not include accidents where the vehicle load which formed a carriageway hazard was dislodged as a result of the accident in question or a previous accident.

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