Thousands of people commute into work every day in the UK and many are familiar with the rush to get everything sorted at home and get onto the road in the morning. If you’re rushing around, you’re more likely to be involved in road traffic accidents, so it’s best to try and leave yourself plenty of time and plan ahead.
Causes of accidents on the road
Statistically, you are more likely to have a collision on the road at rush hour; the busiest times of the day are between 7am and 10am and 3pm and 6pm, when most people are on their way to and from work. According to the AA, most accidents on Britain’s road are caused by driver error. If you’re in a hurry and you’re anxious about being late for an important meeting or an interview, you may be distracted, your judgement may be clouded and you may drive faster than you would normally, which all increase the likelihood of a car crash. The most common examples of driver error include:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol.
- Failing to look or signal before pulling out or changing lane.
- Poor judgement and slow reactions.
- Road rage and driving aggressively.
- Losing control of the car.
Tips for avoiding road-related injuries
If you have a big meeting planned and you know that it’s going to be a push to get out of the door and into work on time, plan ahead, get yourself prepared and do anything that can be done in advance, the night before. Allow extra time for your journey and consider leaving earlier than normal to avoid the rush hour traffic.
When you are behind the wheel, pay attention to the speed limits and try to stay calm and relaxed; even if you are slightly delayed, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Claiming road traffic accident compensation
In the majority of car crashes, there is a clear cause and if you’ve had an accident and it wasn’t your fault, you may be interested in claiming car crash compensation. If the accident happened within the last three years and you can prove that you were not at fault, call Accident Advice Helpline, a legal firm, which employs lawyers with expertise in personal injury claims on 0800 689 0500. The claims process is simple and stress-free and the majority of clients do not have to go to court.