Whether its a public trip or fall on the way to see the 2013 FA Cup winners, an incident on the road or injuries suffered at work, there are numerous threats to personal safety in and around Wigan.
Are road traffic accidents common in Wigan?
Statistics from the Highways Forecasting Analytical Services (HFAS) reveal that between 2010 and 2012, there were 470 reported traffic accident injuries in Wigan.
The average number of accidents on the road that caused fatalities or serious injuries in Wigan between 2009 and 2011 was 80, of which 14 involved child victims. Whilst this is a significant decrease on previous years, it is still a cause for concern.
Why do car crashes in Wigan happen?
One of the main sources of accidents in vehicles is the sheer volume of roads and traffic in and around Wigan. Were all the roads in Wigan to be laid out one after the other, they would stretch to further than 1,155 kilometres. Traffic is particularly heavy during the traditional rush hour periods as workers either come into Wigan or head into nearby major cities, especially Manchester.
An average of 522 kilometres a year is travelled on the sections of motorway in Wigan. Motorways are the common site of a number of traffic accidents simply because the speed at which cars are usually travelling means it doesn’t take much for a serious road traffic incident to occur.
How can car crashes in Wigan be avoided?
The sad and somewhat worrying fact is that, each and every time you set out on the road, your life is in the hands of other motorists as well as your own.
Being vigilant and constantly aware of your surroundings on the road can go a long way to keeping you safe. In addition, leaving plenty of time to complete your journey enables you to resist the temptations of speeding or taking risks, both of which can easily lead to a serious collision on the road.
Avoid becoming embroiled in instances of road rage and accept that sometimes there is nothing you can do but sit in a traffic jam.
What is my claim eligibility after a traffic accident?
Providing the accident wasn’t your fault, happened in the last three years and caused injuries that required medical attention, our legal team at Accident Advice Helpline can process your claim on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
Date Published: March 12, 2014
Author: David Brown