The M5 was subject to one of the most horrific road traffic accidents in history to occur on UK roads. On Friday 4 November 2011, seven people were killed and a further 51 were injured in a major crash that involved up to 36 vehicles, including cars, vans and heavy goods vehicles.
Several vehicles were destroyed in the inferno which developed at the scene as the result of explosions which in turn seriously damaged the road surface.
The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation, however the causal link with wet and foggy conditions of the evening and the proximity to a local firework display has not been ruled out.
Incidents such as this M5 accident highlight the importance of taking safety precautions before driving and acting assertively when out and about. Although you are never completely risk free on the roads, there are ways to minimise the chance of experiencing a road traffic accident on the M5, and any other road in the UK.
Performing a visual inspection of your vehicle
In order to reduce the chances of a road traffic collision, it’s important to ensure that your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition. Check your tyres and washer fluid level before setting off. Ensure that your tyres have the correct level of air pressure and ensure that there is no excessive wear on the tread of the tyres.
How to drive in wet and foggy conditions
It is suspected that wet and foggy conditions contributed to the fatal M5 accident in 2011.
In wet conditions, you should leave a 4-second gap between you and the vehicle travelling in front of you. Stopping distances increase significantly in wet conditions and it’s important to leave enough time to react to the situation and slow down accordingly.
When driving in fog, use dipped headlights at all times along with your wipers and demisters.
Feeling tired when driving?
If feeling tired when driving, then the best advice is to leave the motorway as soon as possible and find a place to pullover to take a short rest.
In the case of an exit from the motorway not being readily available, consider winding down the window or using the air conditioning to provide a source of fresh air, which can help combat the effects of fatigue. Some people also find that listening to comedy on CD can help keep them alert and awake.
Claiming compensation after a car accident
Remember, if you’ve been injured as the result of a car crash within the last three years, through no fault of your own, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today to find out how we can help you win the compensation award you deserve for the harm you have suffered, on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis.
Give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our advisers.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice