Accidents on Motorways involving foreign HGVs up 14%

Posted by AndrewT on 8th May 2015

Collisions on motorways involving foreign HGVs have increased 14% since 2012 according to statistics from Accident Exchange. The M25 had more foreign HGV accidents than any other road in the UK, hardly surprising given the volume of traffic. It was followed by the M6 and the M1. City and town centre locations represented over a 30% of accidents. The Accident Exchange figures indicate that almost 1,100 crashes involving foreign HGVs took place on the UK’s motorway network in 2014 which is an increase of 14.3% since 2012. However, when you consider all road types, estimates put the number of foreign HGV incidents at 3,100 or almost 9%. Motorways are often considered to be the safest roads to travel on by car with just 4.3% of accidents taking place on motorways.  But 30% of all foreign HGV accidents occur on motorways. Liz Fisher, director of sales development at Accident Exchange, said: “This worrying statistic shows that a collision with a foreign lorry is an increasingly real possibility.” So how do we reverse the trend? Or is it inevitable given the fact we normally drive on different sides of the road? Source Fleet News.