• Foreign lorry accident analysis shows increase on 2012 figures
  • Polish, German and Spanish HGVs most likely to be in an accident
  • One in three collisions involving foreign lorries are on the motorway

Collisions on motorways involving foreign lorries have increased by 14%* since 2012, Accident Exchange statistics have revealed.Lorries from Poland and Germany were found to be the most accident-prone by some margin; Polish lorries represented 15.7% of accidents, while German vehicles followed with 13.1% of lorry collisions. HGVs from Spain were involved in 8.45% of incidents.

Unsurprisingly perhaps, 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 Accident Exchange figures indicate that nearly 1,100*** crashes involving foreign lorries took place on the UK’s motorway network in 2014; an increase of 14.3% since 2012. Across all road types, estimates put the number of foreign lorry incidents at 3,100 – or nearly nine per day.

Usually considered the safest roads to travel on by car, a third**** of all foreign lorry accidents occur on motorways. Typically, just 4.3% of accidents take place on motorways.

Collisions on motorways involving foreign lorries have increased by 14%* since 2012, Accident Exchange statistics have revealed.
Liz Fisher, Director of Sales Development at Accident Exchange

Liz Fisher, Director of Sales Development at Accident Exchange, said: “This worrying statistic shows that a collision with a foreign lorry is an increasingly real possibility.

“A heavy goods vehicle in unfamiliar territory can be a danger. Common types of accidents that might involve trucks are cars getting caught in the blind spot of a lorry that is changing lanes or cars being rear-ended by a much bigger, heavier vehicle. Both are equally as dangerous and we urge all motorists to drive with safety and vigilance in mind at all times.

“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.”

Foreign lorry motorway accidents top-10 countries
Country Percentage (%) of total
Poland 15.73
Germany 13.15
Spain 8.45
France 6.10
Netherlands 6.10
Italy 5.40
Czech Republic 5.16
Hungary 4.69
Lithuania 4.46
Romania 4.46
Top-10 motorways for foreign lorry accidents
Road Percentage (%)
M25 36.93
M6 15.12
M1 14.25
M40 5.83
M20 4.97
M4 3.02
M62 3.02
M11 2.16
M42 1.94
M5 1.73

Collisions on motorways involving foreign lorries have increased by 14%* since 2012, Accident Exchange statistics have revealed.Accident Exchange handled 110,000 collisions between 2012 and 2014 and found that the proportion of accidents involving foreign lorries on the motorway had increased to over one percent.

Accident Exchange, part of the Automotive & Insurance Solutions Group which also incorporates DCML and In-Car Cleverness, has commercial partnerships with 1,500 franchised dealerships across its suite of products. Last year Accident Exchange provided onward mobility to nearly 100,000 customers.

*in 2012, 0.98% of all motorway accidents handled by Accident Exchange involved a foreign registered lorry, rising to 1.12% in 2014 – a real terms increase of 14.29%.

**M25 = 20.75%; M6 = 7.34%; M1 = 6.92%; city & town centre = 37.11%

*** The total estimated number of vehicle accidents in the UK annually is estimated at 2.2m, this includes low speed and minor bumps in car parks, unreported and reported accidents. Accident Exchange’s records for 2014 show that 4.32% of all accidents occurred on motorways; of which 1.12% involved a foreign lorry. This equates to 1,060 accidents involving foreign lorries annually.

The figure of 2.2 million is based on an accepted estimated figure for number of accidents annually. Survey data on road accidents takes statistics from the DfT and combines them with those from the National Travel Survey and the British Crime Survey to enable an estimation of the total number of accidents including those which go unreported. Accident Exchange manages roughly 2-4% of all accidents annually; around 40,000 per year.

****Split of foreign lorry accidents is 33.1% on motorway and 66.9% all other roads.

Collisions on motorways involving foreign lorries have increased by 14%* since 2012, Accident Exchange statistics have revealed.Automotive & Insurance Solutions Group

The Automotive & Insurance Solutions Group of Companies is uniquely placed to meet the needs of the motor trade, specialising in highly customisable or off-the-shelf business solutions spanning several areas of expertise including telemetry, accident management, motor fraud detection, dealer and fleet software, insurance, and app design.

Its portfolio of Companies incorporates a number of brands including In-Car Cleverness, Accident Exchange, DCML Ltd and APU Ltd.

Collisions on motorways involving foreign lorries have increased by 14%* since 2012, Accident Exchange statistics have revealed.Accident Exchange

Through its dedicated service centre and fleet of vehicles, Accident Exchange helps motorists who have found themselves on the wrong end an accident get back on the road as quickly as possible. Removing some of the stress resulting from a crash, Accident Exchange will interact with insurers, organise repairs and keep drivers mobile.