Researchers pinpoint the HGV type most likely to kill you
Sarah Barth July 31 2016
Study authors call for an overhaul of design requirements to protect vulnerable road users
New research has pinpointed the type of HGVs most likely to be involved with cyclist collisions, due to blind spots.
Researchers at Loughborough University have found that lorries with high cabs have much poorer visibility, therefore posing much higher risk to cyclists.
The work was commissioned by Transport for London, who asked researchers to investigate why so many collisions with vulnerable road users were caused by HGVs.
Nineteen different models of truck were examined in the study – from construction to long haul vehicles – and CAD designs of each were used to model the dangerous blind spots from each vehicle’s cab.
The researchers also examined reports of collisions,recreating the scenarios to see what the drivers could and could not see.
The team said that while all cab designs had flaws, the high cabs were by far the riskiest – and called for a new design standard to be set to minimise the dangers to other road users.
Project leader Steve Summerskill said: “We found that all standard vehicle configurations have blind spots which can hide vulnerable road users from the driver’s direct vision.
“However the height of the cab above the ground is the key vehicle factor which affects the size of direct vision and indirect vision blind spots. Low entry cab designs, which are the lowest of the 19 vehicles tested, demonstrated real benefits in terms of reducing direct vision blind spots when compared to standard vehicle designs.