Lorries: Accidents

Transport written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Brian Iddon Brian Iddon Labour, Bolton South East

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) deaths and (b) injuries have been caused by other vehicles hitting a heavy goods vehicle in each of the last 10 years; how many of these were attributed to poor visibility; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The numbers of (a) killed and (b) injured casualties resulting from reported personal injury road accidents involving at least one heavy goods vehicle and at least one other motor vehicle in Great Britain in 1997 to 2006 are shown in the following table. It is not possible to determine the number of these accidents in which a heavy goods vehicle was hit by (rather than hit) another vehicle.

Number of casualties
Killed Injured( 1)
1997 399 15,580
1998 441 15,350
1999 465 16,244
2000 412 16,334
2001 415 15,850
2002 380 14,453
2003 391 14,317
2004 321 13,413
2005 370 13,014
2006 302 12,094
(1) Seriously or slightly injured

Details of contributory factors to road accidents have been recorded since 2005. In 2005 there were a total of 21 fatalities and 700 people injured in accidents involving at least one heavy goods vehicle and at least one other motor vehicle which had "vision affected" recorded as a contributory factor. In 2006, the equivalent figures were 14 fatalities and 669 people injured.

The contributory factor category "vision affected by" includes contributory factors "stationary or parked vehicle(s)", "Vegetation", "Road layout (e.g. bend, winding road, hill crest)", "Buildings, road signs, street furniture", "Dazzling headlights", "Dazzling sun", "Rain, sleet, snow or fog", "Spray from other vehicles", "Visor or windscreen dirty or scratched" and "Vehicle blind spot".

Further information about contributory factors can be found in the 'Contributory factors to road accidents' article in 'Road Casualties Great Britain' at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/162259/162469/221412/221549/227755/rcgb2006v1.pdf

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