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74% of road accidents caused by driver error

Jan 29, 2016
Analysis of official data by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has shown that human factors continue to significantly outweigh other reasons for crashes on British roads.

The Institute is again urging drivers to improve driving skills as part of their lifelong personal development.  

The figures from the Department of Transport show that in 2014 driver error or reaction were cited as contributory factors in 74% of accidents, involving more than 117,000 casualties. Vehicle defects accounted for only 2% of accidents.  

Neil Greig, IAM Director of Policy and Research said, “People often blame their car, the road, or the other driver for the accidents and near misses that they have. These figures show that in the vast majority of cases, it’s the driver or rider themselves who is to blame. Changing attitudes is the key factor when it comes to reducing the numbers of casualties on our roads. People must accept responsibility for enhancing their own skills and recognising their limitations.”    

Neil added, “It is not enough to leave people to their own devices once they have passed their test. Like so many other areas of life, extra coaching pays dividends – and for a driver or rider, that means keeping their skills fresh by continuous assessment.”  

The IAM is currently offering free advanced driving taster sessions throughout the UK.  More information can be found at

Photo:  Most UK accidents are the result of driver error.


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