In terms of accidents and crimes, Bolton has seen significant reductions in the last few years. However, it is an unfortunate fact that accidents can, and do, still happen and it is important, particularly if you are visiting for the first time, to follow a few basic safety guidelines to guard against accidents and personal injuries.
What are the most common road traffic accidents in Bolton?
With a population of over 265,000 and 991 kilometres of road, traffic accidents in Bolton seem somewhat inevitable. Statistics from the local authority show that, in 2010, there were 579 cases of people being injured in a car crash, of which 94 resulted in serious injuries or fatalities. Many of the roots of the problem lie in congestion. Heavy traffic increases the risk of accidents on the road because of a number of factors, including:
- Impatience: Whether people are running late or simply frustrated at the slow progress, drivers who are reluctant to wait are more likely to attempt risky manoeuvres. This significantly increases the chances of a traffic accident.
- Loss of focus: Sitting in almost stationary traffic for significant periods of time can cause your mind to wander. This means you may be slower to react to sudden changes in the situation or even allow your car to drift slowly across lanes or into the vehicle in front. However minor these traffic collisions may seem, they can cause serious injuries.
What other traffic accidents frequently occur in Bolton?
As is the case in much of the country, thanks to the efforts of people like Chris Froome, Victoria Pendleton and Sirs Hoy and Wiggins, cycling in Bolton has experienced a significant boost in popularity. Whilst undoubtedly great for fitness, there are numerous inherent risks with cycling on the road.
Safety equipment, such as helmets, lights and high-visibility clothing are an important factor in preventing accidents with cyclists, as is following the rules of the road and avoiding unnecessary risks. Given the comparative lack of protection, it doesn’t take much for injuries from an accident on a bike to be seriously debilitating.
What can I do if I suffer an accident in Bolton?
Fortunately for victims of accidents, be they at work, on the road or public slips and falls, help is at hand. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with an extensive track record in helping people win the accident compensation they deserve.
Date Published: February 13, 2014
Author: David Brown