Road traffic accidents are fairly common in the UK. Although road safety has improved over the years, there are more and more vehicles on the roads and every time you drive, there is a risk of being involved in car accidents.
Common car accidents
In the UK, most car accidents occur as a result of driver error, examples include:
- Drink driving
- Failing to look
- Careless driving
- Driving when tired
The most common types of car accidents are:
- Collisions between two cars: this may include head-on car crashes, collisions with the side of another vehicle or shunting
- Accidents involving HGVs or cyclists
- Loss of control, which may result in hitting another vehicle, or colliding with a tree or fence, for example
What types of injuries can be caused by road accidents?
Car accidents can cause a wide range of road-related injuries. If you’re involved in a minor scrape, you may suffer whiplash, cuts and grazes and bruising. In more serious cases, injuries may include internal bleeding, broken bones, dislocations, head and spinal injuries and facial injuries. In some cases, car crash injuries can be fatal.
If you’ve been involved in a serious car accident, its essential to seek immediate help; call 999 and wait for paramedics to arrive. If you’re helping somebody else who has been involved in an accident on the road, try to reassure them and keep them calm. If they have stopped breathing, listen to the operator and follow their advice.
Driving safety tips
Some road accidents are inevitable, but most could be avoided with careful driving. If you’re driving, its important to bear these safety considerations in mind:
- Always drive according to the speed limit
- Never drive tired; if you feel weary, pull over in a safe place and have a rest
- Take extra care in adverse weather conditions, such as high winds, snow and heavy downpours
- Keep your distance from the vehicle in front
- Always ensure you have plenty of time and space before overtaking
- Ensure you check your mirrors and your blind spot before moving off, turning or stopping
- Pay attention to warning signs
- Take care when driving in residential areas; look out for children playing and cyclists
If you’ve been injured in a car crash which wasn’t your fault, call Accident Advice Helpline for expert advice about making a no win, no fee* claim for road accident compensation.
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Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice