A CORONER has called for new road signs about the danger of loose chippings after the death of a Huddersfield man.
Roger Whittaker said current signs - which show chippings flicking up from car tyres and recommending a 20mph maximum speed - do not make it clear that chippings can make roads slippery to drive on.
He made his recommendation after recording a verdict of accidental death at a Huddersfield inquest on Paul Anthony Meany yesterday.
Mr Meany, 41, of Beckside Gardens, Fenay Bridge, died last May 14 after his car skidded on loose chippings and hit a 23-tonne lorry on the main road at Grange Moor.
Mr Whittaker said the signs had been placed in line with regulations, but he hoped his recommendation would prevent further accidents like Mr Meany's.
He added: "The implication of the current signs is that the only danger is that chippings are going to be splattered up from the wheels.
"I'm satisfied, nevertheless, that if people drive at the advisory speed limit and don't overtake in these conditions then there would not be a problem."
Mr Meany, a self-employed IT consultant, lived with his wife, Hazel, and 20-year-old daughter Faye.
He was travelling via Wakefield Road to work in Leeds when the accident happened at about 7.40am.
Other drivers told the inquest they had seen Mr Meany overtake a car as he approached the brow of a hill on Wakefield Road - despite the fact that signs warned motorists of loose chippings.
As Mr Meany approached the junction with Paul Lane he tried to overtake a second car.
He was pulling in front of the car he had overtaken when the back of his Lexus skidded to the right on the chippings.
Mr Meany tried to correct the skid, but this made the back of the car spin around in the opposite direction.
The left rear wheel hit the kerb and Mr Meany's car veered on to the other side of the road, into the path of a Scania lorry travelling towards Huddersfield.
Mr Meany's car was positioned horizontally across the carriageway and the lorry had no time to avoid it.
The lorry hit the passenger side of Mr Meany's car.
West Yorkshire Police accident investigator Anita Blow said Mr Meany had been travelling at more than 40mph and the lorry at 31mph.
Mr Meany suffered broken ribs, which damaged his lungs and the main artery near his heart.
His skull was also fractured.
The lorry driver, Martin Jackman, of Barnsley, told the inquest he had seen Mr Meany overtake the second car, but was not worried until he saw Mr Meany's car skid.
He said the accident happened very quickly.
He added: "Initially I didn't know where he was going to go.
"It was only when his passenger side was travelling towards me that I realised what was going to happen," added Mr Jackman.
The coroner said that although it was not his job to apportion blame, Mr Jackman was not responsible for the accident and could have done nothing to avoid it.