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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Worst hard shoulder excuses: Motorist saw ‘Fire’ on their dashboard display!

    A road traffic accident can lead to a wide array of injuries from a sprained wrist to fatalities. It is because of this that laws are passed to enable drivers to avoid collisions.

    Yet, despite knowing the rules in place, it seems that some drivers really do go the extra mile when it comes to explaining their mistakes.

    Motorist saw ‘Fire’ on their dashboard display

    Earlier this year, The Highways Agency reported that in the three months between June and September 2013, 2062 drivers illegally stopped on the hard shoulder.

    While a number of reasons were given for putting their fellow motorists at risk of a road traffic accident – including picking flowers, selling cars and having a nap – the following excuse simply takes the biscuit!

    Seeing ‘Fire’ on your dashboard display must indeed be daunting, unless of course you are listening to the popular Adele track, Set Fire to the Rain, as this driver was. In which case, it’s safe to keep driving and recommended that you switch your soundtrack.

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    The dangers of the hard shoulder

    In May 2013, the BBC reported that over 800 people a year have been killed or injured on the hard shoulder since 2000.

    With vehicles travelling at high speeds just feet away from where vehicles have stopped, it is inevitable that motorway accidents can indeed occur to those who use the hard shoulder illegally.

    It is imperative that the hard shoulder is only used in the case of emergencies. Taking the children to the toilet or making a phone call are not acceptable uses of the hard shoulder.

    Those found using the hard shoulder inappropriately can be fined £60 and points added to their licence.

    While motorways can often represent laborious journeys for those either driving home for Christmas or otherwise, randomly stopping on the hard shoulder is simply out of the question, especially when considering the presence of service stations up and down the UK.

    These refugees – spread out along extended motorway sections – are the best places to recuperate with a coffee when tired or alternatively for some food.

    Injured in a road traffic accident?

    If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that you believe wasn’t you fault, Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you process your personal injury claim. Call 0800 689 0500 today.

    Date Published: September 30, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

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