Motorway driving can be a nerve-racking experience fraught with potential dangers and risks to safety on the road.
How are most road traffic accidents on motorways caused?
The main cause of accidents on motorways is speed. High volumes of traffic moving rapidly means that everyone needs to be vigilant and sensible in order to stay safe and avoid road accidents. Sadly, this is not always the case. For example, cars are rarely a safe stopping distance behind the vehicle in front of them and speeding is commonplace.
What are the most dangerous manoeuvres to make on a motorway?
One move where motorway accidents can easily happen if sufficient care and attention is not taken is changing lanes. Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take to minimise risk when changing lanes on a motorway.
- Check your mirrors: This should be a regular part of motorway driving anyway, but it is particularly important you take a good look in all three mirrors, and check your blind spot, before attempting a lane change.
- Signal early: Doing so gives other motorists plenty of time to react before you begin to move and is more likely to lead to someone letting you out.
- Change lanes gradually: Never assume that other road users are going to move out of your way and under no circumstances should you try and force them as this is likely to lead to a serious traffic accident.
- Maintain a safe following distance: This is vital in allowing enough reaction time to avoid car crashes on the motorway and should never be compromised.
- Be aware: Overhead signs give a good indication of which lane you ought to be in and give you plenty of time in which to make your change. You should also always try and stay to the left of faster-moving traffic.
What is my claim eligibility following a motorway accident?
Your claim for traffic accident compensation is dependent on three main factors:
- The accident occurred within the last three years.
- The subsequent injuries required medical attention.
- The road accident was demonstrably the fault of someone else.
If the accident meets the above criteria, then you have a strong road accident claim. Our legal team at Accident Advice Helpline can offer professional guidance regarding your claim. Championed by Esther Rantzen, they work on no-win, no-fee basis and usually settle out of court.