When you consider the speed at which cars move, the sheer volume of vehicles on the road and the risks some drivers often take, it’s little surprise to learn that the consequences of road traffic accidents can be serious and harrowing for those involved.
Alarmingly, the Department for Transport (DfT) revealed that the year 2011-2012 saw an increase in the number of reported serious road incidents for a number of years. There were almost 1900 fatalities, 107 of which involved cyclists.
Common road traffic accidents
One of the main causes of car crashes, motorcycle accidents and the like is people simply not driving with due care and attention. It’s not enough to be safe and vigilant yourself, you are dependant on other road users being equally sensible and sadly, this is not always the case.
Whether it is overconfidence, impatient risk taking, indecisiveness or nervousness, car accident claims can arise from a number of incidents. The DfT revealed that in over a quarter of all deaths on British roads, the victim is a pedestrian. This is mainly caused by cars spinning off the road or people crossing in dangerous places. Cycling accidents tend to have graver consequences due to the comparative lack of protection.
Potential claims in the image
While the unusual situation in this picture may appear amusing upon first glance, accidents on the road are a serious business. It’s hard to tell what actions preceded the picture, but clearly such a situation does not arise without dangerous or careless behaviour from someone.
Establishing blame is a central part of any car accident compensation claim. For a successful case, you need to be able to prove that the accident was caused by the negligence of someone else. Here, it seems as though the truck did not pay attention to what was behind it when lifting the back. The fault therefore, lies with the truck driver.
Depending on the circumstances, the driver of the people carrier has a strong road accident claim. The amount of compensation due would be dependant on a variety of factors, including the severity of the injuries incurred.
If you are unsure whether or not you are due compensation following a road traffic accident, a quick check on the claims calculator on Accident Advice Helpline website can help and professional advice awaits at the end of their free-phone telephone number on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: November 15, 2013
Author: David Brown