Given that human error is attributable in more than 90% of traffic accidents it is obvious that driving safely is the key to preventing car accidents. This includes:
- Watching the speed limit
- Making regular safety and maintenance checks on your car
- Never drinking and driving
- Never using a mobile phone while driving.
However, circumstances may sometimes may be taken out of your control. For example, it is perfectly possible that you might drive safely, taking every conceivable precaution, but may suffer an accident through no fault of your own.
Road planning to prevent car accidents
In some cases, the poor condition and/or poorly designed layout of the road you are driving on might be a contributory factor in a car accident. Dangerous junctions and sharp bends are good examples of this; even the best driver might be unable to avoid an accident in circumstances caused by these factors.
Other common causes of road accidents include the following:
- Lack of safety measures such as crash barriers or inadequate lighting
- Insufficient signage
- Dangerous roadway surfaces
- Dangerous road junction
That is why, when major road developments are being constructed in the UK, they are checked and audited by Accident Investigation and Prevention Engineers. The hope is that careful planning of new roads could help prevent more car accidents from occurring.
The Dutch lesson
The Dutch road safety record owes much to the fact that roads are built with a particular function in mind. For example, designers will spend a great deal of time considering usage, particularly in regard to heavy goods vehicles and cyclists. Studies have repeatedly shown that road design can be a factor in significantly reducing accident rates.
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