Floods can occur when rivers burst their banks after periods of heavy rain, or in urban areas when sewers and drains cannot cope with an influx of rainwater. Flash floods can come rapidly and unexpectedly in the UK, often causing serious road accidents and car crashes when driving through flood waters.
What are the dangers of driving through flood waters?
Many people are not aware of the power of water. The AA reports the following food facts:
- Just 60cm (2 feet) of standing flood water is enough to float your car
- 15cm (6 inches) of fast flowing water is enough to knock you off your feet
- 32 per cent of flood-related deaths are by drowning in a vehicle
- If the speed of the flood water doubles, the force it exerts on you, or your car, is quadrupled
- Just 30cm of flowing flood water could be enough to move your car
Taking all these factors into consideration, it is important to be aware of the serious risks involved in driving through flood waters.
What should I do if I am confronted with flood water?
Under no circumstances should you enter flood water that is moving, or more than 10cm (4 inches) deep. If in doubt, turn around and find a safer route home. In other circumstances, the AA advises you to drive slowly, using a low gear. This will help to give you more control over your car, and avoid a serious road traffic incident.
What should I do if I have been injured due to flood water?
If you have suffered a personal injury as the result of a flood water accident, or another type of road injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in personal injury compensation, and we can help you to make a successful injury claim.
Our telephone lines are open 24/7, and staffed by our friendly, specialist advisors. We also have a wealth of information on our website, including a 30-second test compensation calculator, so you can see how much you could claim. We work on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis, so you won’t be left out of pocket if your claim is unsuccessful.
If you have been the victim of an accident that wasn’t your fault, get in touch with us today, on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, to see if you could be entitled to compensation.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice