Road debris collisions have reached a five-year high, with the majority of things falling directly from vehicles.


Road debris collisions have reached a five-year high, with the majority of things falling directly from vehicles.

According to recent Highways England data, the number of accidents involving debris on the road surface has hit a five-year high.

More than 24,000 drivers were involved in incidents involving loose particles of debris on the road last year, according to statistics, which is up from 2015. In 2019, there were 24,330 drivers involved in accidents, up from 21,058 the year before.

In 2015, there were 25,966 cases, however over the next three years, the number of cases decreased.

In 2016, just 20,332 drivers were affected, but in 2018, there were 18,640 occurrences.

The number of accidents caused by each piece of debris was not disclosed by Highways England.

They did, however, provide a general summary of the types of debris that could have caused the data-related accidents.

Agricultural and farming debris, as well as building and construction impediments, were among them.

Road debris also included dead animals, household and garden garbage, dirt, water, and flooding.

Along with construction and traffic control challenges, trees and plants were also highlighted.

However, Highways England warned that “the vast majority” of the events were likely caused by debris from damaged vehicles.

A recent Freedom of Information Act request to Highways England yielded the information.

“A lane impact comes from any incident where the capacity (of one or more running lanes) has been decreased or if there is assessed to be a risk to a road user, such as debris,” said Highways England in response to the request.

“Depending on the severity of the impact, a full carriageway or highway closure may or may not be required.

“A lane impact is when a single lane is closed for an extended length of time.

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“Please note that we cannot say whether the obstruction was caused by goods dropping from vehicles,” they added.

“However, others may be able to get on the carriageway by other means.”

Highways England said last year that over 46,000 objects were discovered on motorways and A-roads in the ten months leading up to June 2020.


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