Every year, thousands of people are injured on Britain’s roads. According to Department for Transport statistics for 2013, the number of road traffic accident casualties was 183,670; this represented a decrease of more than 6 per cent from 2012.
Despite the fact that the roads are getting safer, every driver and passenger faces risks when they hit the highways. If you’ve been involved in a car accident and you were not to blame, you may be able to claim compensation, and knowing your compensation rights can help streamline proceedings.
What causes road accidents?
The vast majority of road accidents in the UK are caused by errors on the part of the driver; examples of human errors include:
- drink driving
- drug driving
- failing to signal
- pulling out
- loss of control
- slow reactions
- failing to look
Other examples include adverse weather conditions, such as heavy rain, ice, snow and very bright sunlight, mechanical problems and issues with the road surface.
Who is to blame for a road traffic incident?
In the majority of collisions on the road, there is a clear contributing cause and at least one of the drivers is to blame. If a car pulls out suddenly or goes flying past a junction without looking, they are overtaking and collide into an oncoming vehicle, they run a red light, they lose concentration because they’re using their mobile phone or they veer out of control, this is a clear case of human error and that driver is at fault for the crash and subsequently any injuries sustained by others involved in the incident and any damage caused to other vehicles.
Do injured passengers and drivers have the same rights?
It is often easier to pin the blame on a driver because passengers do not have control of the vehicle; however, often drivers are involved in car accidents through no fault of their own. If a driver is hurt as a result of another driver’s errors, they have the same rights to compensation as an injured passenger would have.
What to do if you’ve been injured in a car crash
If you’ve been injured in a car crash and you were not to blame, you may wish to think about pursuing a car crash claim. In order to show that you were not at fault, it’s a good idea to take photographs of the crash scene, the vehicles involved and your injuries, to jot down the contact details of any other drivers involved and any eye witnesses and to see a doctor so that they can examine your injuries and administer any treatment that is required.
Once you have the information, call Accident Advice Helpline on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, to talk through your case with a personal injury lawyer with expertise in handling road traffic accident compensation cases.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice