Despite the large number of drivers on them, motorways are statistically the safest roads in the UK. With a consistent speed limit, multiple lanes, and no sharp bends or tight corners as with country lanes, it stands to reason that motorways are safe. Nonetheless, road traffic accidents can and do occur on every motorway in the country, with some more severe than others. Car accidents can range from inconvenient to fatal, and either can happen on any stretch of road.
As with all motorways, the M4 has seen its fair share of road traffic accidents; in December 2012 a man died in an accident involving two lorries travelling eastbound, causing all three lanes to be closed between junctions 20 and 22. In June 2013 a stretch of the motorway was closed during rush hour after multiple vehicles were involved in an accident, including a lorry and a van. There was another accident at the start of May 2013, in which a lorry and a car collided at junction 5, and in February 2013 a 23-year-old man skidded off the road in the snow and remained down the embankment for a week before being discovered.
One of the most notorious accidents on the M4 occurred in 2002, in which a lorry driver crashed into a parked ambulance, injuring two paramedics and killing the patient in the vehicle. The ambulance was parked on the hard shoulder to examine a man suffering chest pains when the lorry hit it. To avoid any of these previously aforementioned accidents, make sure that you are aware of the accident spots on the M4.
If you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault you might be eligible for compensation, whether you’re the driver or not. Indeed, you can seek passenger injury compensation also. Filing a road traffic accident claim is no different to any other type of claim, and the only legal stipulation is that it happened within the past three years and didn’t happen as a result of your actions.
This means if you were in the passenger seat and grabbed the wheel, causing the car to crash, you are ineligible to seek car crash compensation; if, however, you were in a car driving sensibly when another driver crashed into your vehicle, you may be able to file a claim.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: November 11, 2013
Author: David Brown