Outstanding, rugged natural beauty and a wealth of indoor and outdoor, water- and land-based attractions and activities combine to make Cornwall an extremely popular holiday destination. Cornish roads are subsequently notorious for hold-ups and motoring accidents. Here are a few tips designed to help you survive driving in Cornwall without serious personal injuries.
Driving in Cornwall
Planning ahead and giving yourself plenty of time to reach your destination, preferably leaving very early in the morning to avoid peak hours and long, tedious hours of waiting in traffic queues, should help to reduce the risk of car crashes right from the word go.
Heavy traffic while driving in Cornwall
By the time you are getting close to your destination and actually driving in Cornwall, main roads are likely to be packed with heavy traffic. Here, you can prevent getting involved in a road traffic accident by:
- Being patient and remaining calm
- Giving vehicles in front of you plenty of space
- Always checking your mirrors before turning off or changing lanes
- Signalling early to let drivers following you know what you are about to do
Excessive speed is among the most common reasons car accidents occur, so take heed of speed limits and warning signs.
Off the main track
Your journey may require you to drive along windy country roads and even single-lane, worn tracks. This makes taking extra care and watching out for hazards imperative if you wish to prevent having a vehicle accident. Potential hazards here may, for example, include walkers, cyclists or people on horseback; animals, tractors and, of course, other motorists. Depending on the weather, there may also be mud, deep puddles or branches blown off trees in your path, all of which may increase the risk of having an accident on the road.
When accidents do happen
If you have had the bad fortune to get involved in a vehicle collision in Cornwall and someone else was to blame, you may qualify for passenger or driver injury compensation. Jot down the time, date and precise location of your traffic accident, get the name, registration number, insurance and contact details of the other driver, then:
- Get names and contact details of witnesses and emergency service personnel
- If possible, take photographs of the vehicles, the scene of the road accident and your injuries
- Seek medical advice
Finally, call us here at Accident Advice Helpline on free phone 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile to get your no win no fee* car accident claim actioned.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown