According to statistics from the Department of Transport, there were 36,371 deaths on UK roads as a result of road traffic accidents between 1999 and 2010. Despite the fact that accident rates are falling year on year, the roads can still be a very dangerous place and if you’re planning a long journey or you drive to work every day, it’s worth taking note of safety precautions to reduce your risk of being involved in a car crash.
What causes road accidents?
Statistics show that around 90 per cent of collisions on the road are caused by human error; this umbrella term includes speeding, poor judgement, loss of control, drink and drug driving and carelessness.
The other ten per cent of car crashes may be caused by external factors, such as adverse weather conditions, mechanical failure and poor quality surfaces; examples of issues which may affect the quality of the road surface, include tar overbanding, pot holes, uneven ground and diesel spillage.
What is tar banding?
Tar banding is a process used to join rough areas of the road together to create a smoother driving surface. Tar banding can increase the risk of skidding, especially for motorbikes, and is particularly hazardous in wet conditions. Tar overbanding occurs when a strip of banding is used to secure existing repair work. Banding can affect the grip of the tyres and the general advice from road safety experts is to try and avoid banded areas to reduce the risk of road accidents; this advice is particularly pertinent for bikers.
Claiming for a road accident
If you’ve been injured on the roads, you’ve been hit by another driver or you’ve crashed as a result of a poor quality road surface, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim road traffic accident compensation.
At the time of the road traffic incident, record as much information as you can, take photographs of the road surface, the other vehicles involved and any injuries sustained and ask anybody who witnessed the accident for their contact details so that they can be asked to provide a statement.
Seek medical advice for your injuries and then call our experienced team at Accident Advice Helpline. Our personal injury lawyers have expertise in dealing with car crash claims and they employ a very simple process, which eliminates stress and hassle for the client. Most of the information needed can be gathered over the telephone or via email and the majority of clients do not have to go to court.
Call today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice