Collisions on motorways involving foreign trucks have increased by 14 per cent since 2012, according to new statistics.
Data from motoring group Accident Exchange showed trucks from Poland and Germany were the most accident-prone by some margin – Polish lorries represented 15.7 per cent of accidents, while German vehicles followed with 13.1 per cent of truck collisions. HGVs from Spain were involved in 8.45 per cent of incidents.
The M25 saw more foreign lorry accidents than any other road in the UK, followed by the M6 and the M1. City and town centre locations represented over a third of accidents.
The figures indicated nearly 1100 crashes involving foreign trucks took place on the UK’s motorway network in 2014, which represents an increase of 14.3 per cent since 2012.
Across all road types, estimates put the number of foreign truck incidents at 3100 – or nearly nine per day.
“This worrying statistic shows a collision with a foreign lorry is an increasingly real possibility,” said Liz Fisher, director of sales development at Accident Exchange. “A heavy goods vehicle in unfamiliar territory can be a danger.
“While safety is the paramount concern, getting involved in an accident with a vehicle from abroad can also lead to frustrating and difficult administrative complications,” she added.
Accident Exchange said it handled 110,000 collisions between 2012 and 2014 and found the proportion of accidents involving foreign triucks on the motorway had increased to over one per cent.