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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    What should you do if you break down on a stretch of the motorway without a hard shoulder?


    Every time you get behind the wheel, there’s a risk of something going wrong. Of course, in the vast majority of cases, you can cruise from A to B without any worries at all. Sometimes, however, your luck isn’t in, and it’s possible that your car won’t want to play ball. If you’re a driver, you should be aware of what to do in the event of a breakdown. Breaking down on a stretch of the motorway without a hard shoulder, for example, would you know how to act? If you’re not sure, this guide will come in handy.

    What to do if you break down on a stretch of the motorway without a hard shoulder

    Normally, when you break down on the motorway, it’s relatively easy to seek solace on the hard shoulder. This gives you a safe place to pull over and wait until assistance arrives. Sometimes, it’s not possible to do this because the hard shoulder is not a feature of every part of every road. You may come across a stretch of the motorway without a hard shoulder, and this can make life more difficult.

    If you do notice problems and there isn’t a hard shoulder, try not to panic. If there is an emergency refuge area (ERA) or a service station nearby, try and make it to these areas. But if there isn’t, try and get into the left-hand lane, put your hazard lights on and stay in the car. If it’s safe to do so, you can stand to the left-hand side of the car away from the carriageway.

    If you’re in the middle or right-hand lane and you can’t get over, stay in the car with your seat belt on, and seek assistance urgently. Stopping in the ERA zone, you can use the phone provided to give details of the incident and your location. If you’re on the motorway and traffic is flowing around you, call 999 and wait for assistance. Don’t attempt to try and weave your way through traffic on foot, as this carries a very high risk of injury and it may result in a car crash.

    Making a car accident claim

    If you’ve been injured on the motorway and you weren’t at fault for the car accident, you could be eligible for road accident compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for more details about making a no-win, no-fee claim for a road accident.

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    Date Published: April 20, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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