On the M1 motorway near Wakefield a police constable was killed by a HGV in an accident on hard shoulder, it seems likely that the driver veered onto the hard shoulder hitting the officer and also a woman civilian, an investigation is under-way.
A HGV driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after the police officer was struck by the vehicle causing his death on the M1 motorway near Wakefield, North Yorkshire.
HGV’s appear to feature in many accidents on the UK’s roads, the reasons being unclear, sometimes though fatigue, or dreaded blind spots, driving errors are common though much can be done to reduce these kinds of incidents. Professional drivers are assisted and regulated in many ways to reduce the risks of accidents happening.
The death of Pc Mark Goodlad, caused after he was knocked down on the M1 whilst helping a stranded motorist, highlights the dangers on the road today. If you stop on a Motorway you should always be aware of other vehicles and ideally retreat to a safe distance off the carriageway until help comes.
It is very easy for a tired driver to veer onto the hard shoulder, and never should you stop there unless absolutely necesary
It is important that drivers who work for a living have the right amount of break time, and are able to drive in an alert and safe manner. Those who drive for a living are more likely to die or have an accident on the roads.
Young and new drivers need to be given the proper support to be and remain good drivers, though we all learn from mistakes and quite possibly many of us have had near misses in the past.
Statistics by the AA suggest the chance of death is around 1 in 150 for people who drive for a living, which is a sobering statistic. Other statistics by the Liberal Democrat party back in 2008, and compiled over a 5 year period suggested that 31% of road accidents in which someone was killed or injured involved HGV’s, which only accounted for 8% of the traffic on A roads and Motorways.
A vehicle such as a lorry is a very dangerous vehicle in the wrong hands, and it has been reported that foreign drivers do not have to abide by UK driving time regulations, which is a worrying thought.
There is an urgent need to look at the issue of HGV drivers and working practices, which generally appear to be quite good in the UK. Accidents at hard shoulder happen too often and we all should be aware of the dangers.
The deceased Pc Mark Goodlad was 41 and had been airlifted to hospital following the accident on the M1 between junctions 40 and 39, but sadly died from his injuries. He was described as being a very experienced road traffic officer.