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    Most common car accident excuses: ‘I couldn’t react quickly enough’


    In 2012, there were more than 195,000 road traffic accidents in the UK. If you’ve been injured in a collision on the roads and you were not to blame, call Accident Advice Line for expert advice about claiming compensation.

    What causes accidents on the road?

    According to the Institute of Advanced Motorists, the vast majority of car crashes in the UK result from driver error; many mistakes and bad habits are covered by this umbrella term, including:

    • Failing to drive at the appropriate speed.
    • Reacting too slowly.
    • Drink driving.
    • Careless driving.
    • Aggressive driving.
    • Inexperience.

    Additional causes of accidents may include adverse weather conditions, such as ice and fog and unexpected hazards, such as animals or people crossing the road suddenly in front of you.

    Common car accident excuses

    Sometimes, car crashes are inevitable, but often, there is a clear cause; many drivers try to excuse their mistakes when they have been involved in an accident and one of the most common excuses is ‘I couldn’t react quickly enough’.

    Reacting to changeable situations and hazards is one of the most important aspects of driving and often drivers find themselves in an unpredictable situation; an animal may run out, the car in front may stop suddenly, a tyre may blow, and this is why reaction time, alertness and sensible driving are so important. Sticking to the speed limit, leaving space between cars and anticipating the road ahead are all effective ways of reducing your risk of suffering road-related injuries. If you have time and space on your side, the chances that you will be able to react to a situation will be much higher than if you are driving too fast, you are not paying attention or you are right behind another vehicle.

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    If you have had an accident in the last three years and you were not to blame, call Accident Advice Helpline to talk through your claim with an expert personal injury lawyer. If the accident has happened very recently, ensure that you have as much information about the incident as possible and seek medical help; witness statements and medical statements can be hugely important to back up your car crash claim.

    Accident Advice Helpline offers a 24-hour telephone line and clients can also visit the website for information about compensation. The firm was established in 2000 and is a reputable and reliable company with an excellent track record.

    Date Published: February 19, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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