Van Crashes in Great Britain
As one of the UK’s major commercial vehicle insurers, AXA commissioned this study from RSA, because they felt there was a need for definitive data on the unique risks that van drivers face on our roads. Our unique ability to deliver insight into drivers as well as networks allowed us to deliver a new type of analysis that looked at risk by home region, and compared risk factors against drivers of other vehicles.
Crash frequencies were much higher in London, the North East, and the West Midlands compared to other types of vehicles. Elevated risk factors for van drivers included reversing, carrying out u-turns, and changing lane. Van drivers were less likely to be impaired by drink or drugs, and they had fewer control errors.
RSA Director, Richard Owen, helped with the press launch appearing in live radio interviews with the AXA team.