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Safety requirements cause a rise in road traffic accidents

A recent survey has revealed that changes to modern car designs have resulted in an increase in the amount of road traffic accidents that take place.

The research, which was carried out by a crash management firm, showed that over the last two years there has been a 48% increase in the number of accidents which occur due to blind spots. It was discovered that over 150,000 road traffic accidents take place each year due to drivers not checking their blind spot when changing lanes.

As modern cars become lighter due to the new materials being used during manufacturing, the European Union has demanded that safety requirements need to become much more stringent in order to protect drivers and their passengers from sustaining serious personal injury in the event of a car accident.

As a result, modern cars are being fitted with thickening supports behind the driver and rear passenger seats in the car cabin. However, these new safety additions are causing a reduction in rear visibility which creates larger blind spot areas.

Car manufacturers are attempting to overcome the problem by introducing blind spot cameras, which warn the driver of oncoming vehicles.

The research carried out was based upon 50,000 road traffic accident claims that took place between 2009 and June 2011.



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