You’re More Likely to Be Hit From the Rear on UK Roads

According to recent research, if you are in an accident on UK roads, it’s more likely to be a rear end collision (38%) than anything else. Online solicitor, Your Legal Friend, went through some 25,000 of their claims over the last few years to come up with some interesting statistics relating to vehicle accidents in England and Wales.

Highlights include that you are more likely to have an accident in Halifax and men are involved in many more collisions than their female counterparts. While some of the stats that the company came up with have humour value (for example, Johns and Sues are in a greater number of accidents), others help to dispel many of the misconceptions we have about driving safety.

Only 7% of accidents resulted in no injuries whatsoever according to the Your Legal Friend research. By far the biggest were neck injuries which happened 74% of the time, closely followed by back injuries in 59% of cases.

Some of the most interesting stats revealed that men are a lot likelier to cause an accident than women – 70% of the cases examined involved crashes where men were at fault. Men are also more likely to be the victim of an accident (59%).

We tend to think that younger, less experienced drivers cause most accidents. According to the Your Legal Friend files, however, drivers cause more crashes at the age of 30 and are more likely to be the victim at 32.

Are some places more accident prone than others?

The research suggests that Halifax, Liverpool, Coventry, Barking and St Albans are the locations with the highest proportion of road accidents, driving in July on a Friday could also be particularly hazardous and more accidents happen between 5 and 6 pm than any other time. As you might expect, Sunday is one of the safest days to drive.

The Top 10 Vehicles for Accidents

The Your Legal Friend research also looked at the different vehicles involved in crashes across their 25,000 files. Here are the top 10:

  • Ford Fiesta
  • Mercedes Benz Sprinter
  • Ford Focus
  • Ford KA
  • Vauxhall Corsa
  • DAF Trucks LF
  • Volvo FH
  • DAF Trucks CF
  • Renault Clio
  • DAF XF

The biggest accident type is running into the back of someone and that wins the race by a long way. Collisions at junctions (13%) and roundabout collisions (6%) are the next most common.

The research carried out by Your Legal Friend provides an interesting insight into accidents across England and Wales and helps to dispel some long held misconceptions.

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