On January 27 2015, Exeter became gridlocked after two fatal road traffic accidents brought traffic to a standstill. Two separate fatal collisions were to blame for the source of the gridlock.
Paramedics were called to Exhibition Way, Pinhoe where a man was pronounce dead at the scene. A woman was then killed on the M5 northbound near Cullompton.
These road traffic collisions demonstrate the need to exercise due care and attention on UK roads to avoid road traffic accidents, including fatal collisions.
Preventing car crashes and fatal collisions
Here are some of Accident Advice Helpline’s suggestions of how to avoid a collision:
- Checking your vehicle for defects: Before you embark upon any long journey, it’s important to make a visual inspection of your vehicle. Check the tyre pressure of your vehicle is in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications and ensure there are no bulges on the sidewalls of the tyres. Top up your water and washer fluid levels to help clear the windscreen of any dirt or debris which may obstruct your vision.
- Check traffic and travel updates: On the day of the two accidents in question, the traffic was some of the worst that has ever been seen in Exeter. Many were stuck in traffic for hours and many decided to simply abandon their vehicle and walk to their destinations. Keeping up to date with the latest in traffic and travel can help you avoid congested areas.
- Taking regular rest breaks: It’s important to remain alert and concentrated when driving. During a long journey, you may begin to feel tired or your legs may begin to hurt. Turn on the air conditioning or wind down the window in order to ensure a supply of fresh air which can keep you awake and alert. Avoid the temptation to get out and stretch your legs when standing still in traffic as this can seriously increase the risk of being knocked down by another motorist.
Claiming compensation for a car accident in Exeter
If you’ve been involved in a car accident in Exeter within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for more information. Our lines are open 24 hours, seven days a week, and a friendly, professional adviser is always available to take your call. All claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis, and the majority of claims are settled outside of court.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice