Rear-end shunts on the up on British roads

The number of rear-end car crashes recorded in the UK has increased over the past three years despite advances in safety technology, new figures have revealed.

According to research by Accident Exchange, accidents in which one vehicle went into the back of another have risen by seven per cent since 2011. This is despite improvements in collision avoidance systems, more powerful brakes and ABS.

Data like this, which indicates that car crashes are still becoming more prevalent out on the roads, demonstrates the value of a road risks insurance policy for any motor trade company. Whether you are a one-man operation or a larger business, if you need to drive other people’s vehicles as part of your business practices then it is essential you have the necessary insurance cover to ensure any rear-end shunts or other incidents of this nature are protected against.

The study by Accident Exchange revealed that the average repair cost of a rear-end crash was £2,000. The organisation also stated that the majority of rear-end collisions occurred at low speeds in urban areas but, overall, constitute over a third of all accidents.

Liz Fisher, director of sales development at Accident Exchange, commented: “There’s no obvious explanation because the nation’s roads are full of safer, more advanced vehicles which, in some cases, are supposed to help a driver to avoid collisions.

“However, it could be argued that increased connectivity in cars means the modern driver has more distractions while at the wheel from other technology, like mobile phones or MP3 players.”