Television show reveals Britain's worst car crashes caught on camera

ITV's Car Crash Britain has compiled a video of some of shocking collisions and amazing near-misses

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The Independent Online

If CCTV, GoPros and dashcams are meant to make us feel a lot safer on Britain's roads, another outcome is the growing range of footage showcasing some of the country's most ludicrous car crashes and clumsiest drivers.

With ITV's two-part series, Car Crash Britain: Caught on Camera, coming to an end this Thursday, the channel has compiled a video of some of the worst crashes on the UK's roads. If you want to see 15 crashes in just under two minutes, then watch below.

The video does not make great viewing for drivers often keen to complain about the road skills of cyclists, with many of the crashes showing vehicles ignoring their presence completely and promptly careering into their path.

Others show a seemingly blatant disregard for the safety of others: one video sees a motorcyclist waiting at a roundabout when a driver ploughs right into the back of the biker, sending him tumbling to the ground. The driver is unfazed and simply speeds off over the roundabout, barely stopping and not even thinking about an apology.

At times, it is the pedestrian in the wrong, as seen by a group of school kids carelessly crossing a road without looking, with one running into the side of the car, fortunately without too serious an injury.

A survey conducted by YouGov for the programme revealed that 48 per cent of Britons felt that CCTV and speed cameras had made the roads safer, while just over a third said they had made no impact whatsoever. 10 per cent of the 1,593 adults interviewed argued that the growing presence of cameras had actually made the roads more dangerous.