More accidents happened on highways due to roadside stops since 2018

Toll road operator UTS examined traffic data on the sections operated by the company for 2018-2021. It turned out that the number of accidents due to roadside stops from 2018 to 2019 increased by 41%. And the number of accidents due to roadside stops in the first 9 months of 2021 has already surpassed the entire number of accidents occurred in 2018. Also, roadside stops have become one of the most common cause of road accidents. In this regard, UTS team once again reminds drivers that stopping on the emergency lane of the road is prohibited and announces the resumption of the “Don’t stop on emergency lane” safety campaign.

Traffic regulations (clause 16.1.) On all highways prohibit stopping and parking vehicles outside special rest areas. However, many drivers park in the wrong places, ignoring the law. Such actions provoke the occurrence of an accident, unfortunately, sometimes – fatal ones.

In 2018, UTS recorded 265 such accidents, in 2019 – 374, in 2021 (the period from January to September) –268 already. In 2020, the number decreased to 299 accidents, but these data are not indicative due to the reduced traffic on the roads during the pandemic period. The diagram below presents statistics for all road sections operated by UTS.


According to the study, approximately 10% of accidents are due to roadside stopping, making it one of the most common causes of road accidents. Other reasons include the driver’s lost control (about 45% of accidents), collision while driving (about 30%), hitting an obstacle (12%).

Meanwhile, all toll road sections every 20-30 km on both sides of the traffic are equipped with comfortable rest areas, which all drivers can use absolutely free of charge. On M11 Neva highway there are 41 rest areas, on the section from 225 to 715 km of M4 Don highway – 30, and on the section from 124 to 194 km of M3 Ukraine highway – 18. There are toilets, picnic areas or cafes and gas stations at such areas. 

“Stopping on emergency lane may be forced due to circumstances, but in this case, a driver should follow special rules of emergency stop: he/she must immediately leave the car and take all the passengers behind the barrier and wait for help there. Staying in the car is strictly prohibited. But, unfortunately, more often people stop to smoke or relax. And while the offenders are resting on the side of the road, the cars following them, often trucks, crash into a standing car at full speed. That is why we urge you to stop only at rest areas" – said UTS First Deputy General Director Oleg Trofimov.