Usually motorists would expect a newer car to be safer and probably sturdier than an older model, and in the vast majority of cases this is true. However, some of the changes made to more recent models to make them safer have in fact caused other problems which could still lead to accidents and possibly even fatalities.
New research by motor insurance firms has found that flaws in modern cars' design features intended to keep drivers safe are actually costing hundreds of lives every year.
One of the most significant problems is 'forward' blind spots, this is where windscreen side pillars, known as the A-frame, have been made larger to make them more robust, but unfortunately these can then obscure the driver’s view.
In the most extreme cases, for example, at a roundabouts and junctions when a driver looks right a car or motorbike maybe partially or completely hidden by the pillar. If the vehicle is moving then the problem can be exacerbated as the obscured vehicle can be tracked by the blind spot moving across the field of vision.
The problem is so alarming that the Department of Transport (DoT) has done an investigation, and have concluded that the issue is so serious that it may have to consider changing rules on visibility.
It has also restated taking a "longer look" for motorcyclists, who are in particular danger of being hidden from view.