Driving on motorways can be daunting for drivers. High speeds and long, tiring roads can lead a road traffic accident. Following the laws surrounding hard shoulder use can significantly minimise the risk of you experiencing an accident on the motorway.
Motorway accidents: The worst hard shoulder excuses
In their report earlier this year, 2014, the Highways Agency reported that in the three months between June and September 2013, nearly 2,100 drivers stopped on the hard shoulder.
Among the legal emergency stops, the Highways Agency revealed a number of ridiculous reasons drivers chose to stop on the hard shoulder. These excuses included to take photographs, have a nap and even to pick flowers, all of which put other drivers at risk of motorway accidents.
While getting lost on the motorway can be daunting, one driver’s excuse of stopping to read a map didn’t cut it as a legitimate emergency stop. In a circumstance like this, drivers are advised to move forward to the next safe place to stop, such as a service station.
Misuse of the hard shoulder
The BBC reported, in May 2013, that over 800 individuals have suffered injuries or been killed due to hard shoulder road accidents. With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that misusing this area of the motorway can lead to points on your licence and a fine.
Britain’s motorways such as the M1 and M25 all feature motorway service stations such as Watford Gap or Clacket Lane and these are the best places to stop for individuals unable to complete a journey in one hit.
What’s more, motorway tiredness is of course a cause for concern each and every year and in the 1990s, Britain’s Highways Agency deployed the now commonplace and well-known ‘Tiredness can kill. Take a break’ signs along key motorway sections.
Claiming for road traffic accidents
If you believe that your road accident was caused by a third party – for example, another driver or the local council – a law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline, can help you recover the compensation that you are entitled to.
So long as the road traffic accident that caused your injury occurred within the last three years and you are able to provide evidence to support your claim you could have an eligible case.
Accident Advice Helpline is available 24 hours, seven days a week on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice