Whether you live in Gloucestershire or are visiting the area, you are always at risk of experiencing a road traffic accident when travelling. As with many major areas of the UK, the county is responsible for a high number of road-related accidents, however, Road Safety Gloucestershire has reported significant improvements between 2012 and 2013:
‘In 2013 there were 776 collisions which resulted in 1,055 casualties, of these 213 were killed or seriously injured (KSI). In comparison with 2012 the number of slight injuries have decreased by 29% and the KSI’s have shown an decrease by 16%. 2013 had the lowest number of overall reported collision injuries since records began in 1974.’
The most dangerous roads in the UK
Gloucestershire is home to one of the most dangerous roads in the UK. The EuroRAP report compiled by the Road Safety Foundation found the A40 to be a medium-risk road, with 45 fatal and serious-injury car traffic accidents reported between 2004 and 2006
It is the 27-mile stretch leading into Gloucestershire from Chepstow that is dubbed as one of the highest risk traffic accident black spots in the South West of England.
What to do following a road traffic accident
If you are involved in a vehicle collision, in Gloucestershire or any other area of the UK, it is important that you remain as calm as possible and desist from placing blame on any third-party drivers.
Should you decide to go ahead and try to claim personal accident compensation for the injuries you sustain in the road traffic accident, your demeanour at the time of the road traffic accident can be integral to the outcome of a potential court case.
At the scene, try to collate the following information:
- Third-party driver details including name, address and telephone number
- Insurance policy details of third-party drivers
- Witness contact details where possible
- Police report numbers and/or a completed collision pack
- Details of damage to all vehicles involved – photographs can be useful
Accident Advice Helpline
Established in 2000, Accident Advice Helpline now has over 14 years’ experience assisting victims of road-related accidents.
Should you choose to proceed with your claim, Accident Advice Helpline will manage your claim on a no win no fee* basis, keeping things as simple and streamlined as possible.
Call on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, to get start your personal injury claim case today.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice