According to comments by local residents, the one-way system operated in Reading and high volumes of traffic essentially make all local roads fairly dangerous.
Reading road traffic accident hotspots
It appears, however, that some roads present drivers with an increased risked of injury by traffic-related accident. Again, the heightened risk is predominantly put down to high-volume, slow-moving traffic and the resulting frustration causing drivers to take unusual risks. These roads include, for example:
- Sidmouth Street, a narrow road along which all traffic is routed
- Cemetery Junction
- Castle Hill roundabout, which was ‘improved’ with no less than a dozen sets of traffic lights
The IDR (Inner Distribution Road) has also been reported as being more dangerous since new traffic lights (a total of 18 sets) were introduced. The IDR leads onto the A33, a relief road locally known as the ‘grief road’.
Car accidents in Reading
Locals believe that the local council’s attempts to reduce traffic in the town has achieved little more than bringing existing traffic down to a slow crawl, often resulting in complete standstills for prolonged times, especially during rush hour periods. Frustrated drivers in hot cars then take careless actions likely to result in motoring accidents.
While injuries sustained in traffic jam shunts are typically fairly minor, the injuries caused by vehicle collisions at speed (usually a direct result of drivers trying ‘to make up lost time’) can be far more serious and could potentially be permanently disabling, even fatal.
If you were injured by motoring accident, you may be able to claim for passenger or driver injury compensation. The accident must have occurred within the past 36 months. It is important to seek immediate medical help even if your injuries appear to be minor at first. This is necessary for two reasons. First of all, not all injuries are immediately apparent (like whiplash, for instance), but may result in long-term, potentially chronic conditions if not treated. Secondly, documentation of your injury and the treatments and/or medication administered is required as evidence to support your claim.
It is also necessary to secure statements from witnesses (including names and contact details); attending police and medical professionals. Getting photos of the road lay-out, damage to vehicles, even sustained personal injuries is also extremely helpful
How to claim
Call the 24/7 advice line of Accident Advice Helpline to find out how to claim for compensation.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice