70pc of accidents due to breach of traffic rules

27th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

27 March 2006, BRUSSELS — A staggering 70 percent of traffic accidents is caused by a motorist who has insufficient knowledge or road rules or simply ignore the regulations.

27 March 2006

BRUSSELS — A staggering 70 percent of traffic accidents is caused by a motorist who has insufficient knowledge or road rules or simply ignore the regulations.

The claim was made on Monday by insurance firm Winterthur, which cited investigations into reported damages claims.

"Our figures for 2005 indicate that 70 percent of traffic accidents can be blamed on motorists ignoring traffic rules," Wintherthur spokesman Erik Janssens said.

He said half of that figure could be blamed on motorists who do not know the rules well enough, while the other half can be blamed on motorists simply disobeying regulations.

It can therefore be roughly estimated that a third of all traffic accidents are due to a lack of knowledge about the nation's road rules.

Winterthur said driving manoeuvres that are badly carried out, give-way rules and parking rules that are not respected are primarily to blame for frontal collisions.

Due to a combination of financial and social reasons, Winterthur said it has now launched a preventative campaign on the internet, newspaper 'De Tijd' reported.

Motorists will be able to test their knowledge of road rules on the Winterthur website.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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