Fatal accidents fall for HGVs

Fatal accidents fall for HGVs

Positive news for the haulage industry comes from new DfT data showing that fewer trucks were involved in fatal accidents in 2014 than in 2013 with 265 such accidents last year compared to 270 in 2013.

There was also a reduction in accidents causing serious or fatal injuries with 1,247 such incidents in 2014 compared to 1,277 in 2013, although these figures are against the trend of total road deaths, which have risen. The DfT confirms an increase of 4{3e8a24965137538c8b3dce88eb0b62d63ab839f25cfc557859974e563ae44d4a} in reported road deaths of all types in Great Britain in 2014, compared to 2013.

The reduction in accidents involving HGVs is very welcome news and is a credit to the effort of drivers and operators to improve road safety. Even we still need to do better and the RHA will be supporting members and the industry in that.

Regrettably more light goods vehicles and vans were involved in both fatal and serious accidents in 2014 compared to 2013, with the figure rising from 153 to 169 for fatal incidents, and from 1,704 to 1,910 for fatal and serious incidents.