On January 24th 2015, 28 people were taken to hospital following a severe M4 crash, near Cardiff.
The impact of the road traffic accident, which involved an M4 crash on both sides of the road, forced police to close the motorway between junctions 33 and 34. Six vehicles and a small coach were involved in the crash.
What are the details of the M4 crash?
South Wales Police issued a statement saying that the first M4 crash occurred when a small coach, which was taking a group of pensioners on a day trip to watch Top Hat, collided with four cars. This crash happened on the eastbound carriageway.
At the scene of the accident, emergency services dealt with injured parties and started to clear the debris and piece together the details of the crash. One woman was airlifted to hospital and another six were seriously injured; the rest had minor injuries and were able to walk and communicate clearly.
Just a short while after the first M4 crash, another motorway accident occurred on the westbound carriageway when a vehicle towing a car overturned. Nobody was injured.
Avoiding accidents on the motorway
Thousands of people travel by car, bus, van, motorbike or lorry each day and sadly, road accidents are fairly common. If you’re a road user, here are simple tips to avoid collisions on the road:
- stick to the speed limit
- take extra care in poor weather conditions
- keep your distance from other vehicles; do not tailgate
- pay attention to the road at all times
- look carefully before you indicate, pull out or change lanes
- always check your blind spot
- take regular breaks
- pull over in a safe place if you are tired
- look out for traffic and weather alerts on the motorway
- only drive if you absolutely have to if there are weather warnings
- do not drink if you are planning to drive
Can I claim compensation for a car accident?
If you’ve had a car accident and you were not to blame, you may be eligible for road traffic accident compensation. If the incident happened in the last three years, and you can prove that another driver was at fault, call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for expert advice about claiming no-win no-fee* car crash compensation.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice