Dudley is something of a hidden gem of a place in the West Midlands. Whether you want to take in the colourful zoo, historical castle or enjoy a leisurely walk through Begrudge Country Park, there is no shortage of things to see or do.
However, as with any trip, you need to be aware of your surroundings to ensure you remain safe and do not suffer personal injuries during your visit. In Dudley, the biggest threat to your well-being probably comes from the roads.
Dudley road traffic accidents – The statistics
The most recent statistics from the local authority show that the number of traffic casualties have been steadily declining since 2005. Whilst this is undoubtedly a good thing, 2010 still saw 731 instances of accidents on the road causing an injury.
Well over half of these accidents involved cars, with 452 instances of car crashes being reported. Second highest, with 131, was incidents with pedestrians whilst motorcycle accidents and incidents with cyclists accounted for 67 and 46 incidents respectively.
Avoiding traffic accidents in Dudley
The key to staying safe whilst on the roads in Dudley is being aware of your surroundings. Indecision on the roads can be costly for both yourself and other motorists and road users. You can avoid indecision and panic by making sure you know exactly where you are going before you leave. It is also advisable to leave plenty of time as drivers in a rush are more likely to cause a traffic accident.
If you are exploring Dudley by bike, than guard against serious injuries from a cycling crash by ensuring you have the right protective equipment. Helmets are a must, as are lights and high-visibility clothing. It’s also important to make sure you are aware of the rules of the road and avoid taking risks or shortcuts.
What to do if you suffer an accident in Dudley
Whatever the nature of your accident, be it an incident on the road or a public slip or fall, if it caused injuries that required medical attention and wasn’t your fault, then you may be due some accident compensation.
A quick call to Accident Advice Helpline can set you on your way. Our legal team have over 15 years of taking on, and winning, personal injury claims covering accidents at work, on the road, in public places and whilst travelling and often settle out of court.
Date Published: February 13, 2014
Author: David Brown