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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    5 Traits of dangerous drivers

    It’s a sad fact of life that there are people out there who drive dangerously. If you’re looking to avoid becoming one of them, it helps to know which traits are common to dangerous drivers – then change your habits! Here are 5 traits you’ll find in dangerous drivers:

    • Dangerous drivers speed. Many people don’t pay attention to speed limits, or fail to slow down during icy or foggy conditions, which can lead to accidents
    • Dangerous drivers drive when tired or under the influence – it’s important to take regular breaks, particularly during long journeys, and you should take a break at least once every couple of hours so that you’re not driving whilst tired
    • Dangerous drivers ignore road signs. Road signs are there for a reason – either to inform you or warn you of hazards, so it’s important to pay attention to them and be aware of what they mean! For example, driving the wrong way up a one-way street could lead to a car accident
    • Dangerous drivers tail-gate. We’ve all experienced drivers who insist on driving too close to our vehicles. This is dangerous, particularly in wet or wintry conditions, when stopping distances are much greater, and driving too close to others vehicles increases the risk of accidents happening
    • Dangerous drivers are easily distracted. Changing the music on the car stereo, applying make-up, eating and drinking, texting and talking on a mobile phone can all distract you from driving – even using a hands-free kit increases your risk of an accident

    Dangerous drivers have little concern for other road users and are usually in a hurry to get to where they want to go, even at the expense of causing danger to others.

    Claiming for compensation

    If you’re involved in a car accident and are injured, but it wasn’t your fault, you may be considering claiming for compensation. Expensive medical bills and prescription costs can all add up, and even if your injury is a minor one, such as whiplash, you could still be looking at time off work to recover, which means loss of earnings. The first step towards claiming personal injury compensation is to appoint a specialist lawyer.

    How we can help

    Accident Accident Helpline has years of experience in the personal injury compensation industry. You may have heard of our patron, TV personality and consumer champion Esther Rantzen, and you’ll also be glad to know we’re accredited by a number of professional bodies including the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). We’ll assist you with every stage of your claim, and you can call us 24/7 on our freephone number; our 100% ‘no win, no fee*’ service ensures you won’t have to pay a penny upfront, so our services are affordable for everyone. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.

    Date Published: December 22, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.