Road safety. Do you know what the most frequent accidents are?

Accidentology is the essential hallmark of any road safety avoidance policy. Among the good results recorded in road safety, we should mention the significant reduction in road deaths (-22%) as well as the number of physical accidents, which decreased by 19%.

On the other hand, the accident rate of users of personal transport vehicles will increase rapidly in 2020, compared to 2019, with a 40% increase in people injured.

Among the causes of fatal accidents, blood alcohol, speed and drowsiness predominate even when the use of narcotics and disrespect for safety distances are considered.


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It’s not just the driver’s fault

While statistics point to certain types of drivers, other external elements come into play and can cause road accidents. Meteorological factors can increase the risk of an accident.

You have to remain vigilant when there is rain, ice, fog, snow, and so on. On the other hand, technical problems with vehicles can also influence the numbers.

The obligation of technical control is involved here to limit these accidents. Sometimes the state of the infrastructure also plays a role.

Collision-free rollover is concerned with an estimated 3,500 accidents;  weakness, loss of control due to alcohol or narcotics is one of the reasons.  DR's photo

Collision-free rollover is concerned with an estimated 3,500 accidents; weakness, loss of control due to alcohol or narcotics is one of the reasons. DR’s photo

Three main reasons

62% of car claims are due to collisions. In recent years, the three main causes of accidents have been non-compliance with priorities, alcohol and narcotics and speed.

The times that are most prone to road accidents are at night and especially on weekends when returning from festive moments.

The combination of alcohol, fatigue and poor vision creates a gathering of causal factors. Home -to -work trips represent 30% of deaths with a peak between 6 am and 9 am

The collision of a wild animal is more than one might think;  wild boar, deer one and even in the big game, 24,000 claims per year are declared.  MMA picture

The collision of a wild animal is more than one might think; wild boar, deer one and even in big games, 24,000 claims per year are declared. MMA picture

On a daily basis, watch out for automation

Two out of three accidents occur less than 10 km from home, representing a real danger for all car users. These are essentially trips between home and school, the workplace, shopping or festival venues.

Full knowledge of a route taken daily leads to automatisms due to habit and, thus, a decrease in vigilance and over-confidence. Everything is fine until something unexpected happens.

Back collision

Rear collisions between cars are one of the most frequent road accidents in Europe according to EuroNCAP.

Common collisions occur in an urban environment or on a highway when a driver is distracted and does not realize that the cars in front of him have stopped, braked or slowed down.

Automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems allow the brakes to be activated, if the driver is unable to do so, to avoid a collision or reduce its severity.

We will enter a roundabout when the road is clear.  The thought that we have time doesn’t always work.  DR's photo

We will enter a roundabout when the road is clear. Thinking you have time doesn’t always work. DR’s photo

Stations at intersections

Angled side collisions represent the secondary occurrence of accidents; this often happens at intersections, at roundabouts or when a vehicle changes lanes.

Keep in mind that roundabouts have (almost) always been a priority. It’s up to you to fit in when the lane is clear.

A common urban accident, maneuvering reverse also causes damage, as well as colliding with a poorly parked car. You’re hit, you’re responsible.

Atypical cases

Among the accidents that often come with accident declarations, a collision with an animal resulted in 24,000 claims in 2019; in 2017, 4,500 claims were recorded for something that fell on a car.

As for the rollover without a collision, it caused nearly 3,500 victims; clearly, it was a barrel roll following an exit from the road. The accident in a car park was even more rare (600 claims), as was the fall of rocks that worried nearly 450 cars.

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