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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 was tired and felt the need to sleep

    A road traffic accident can happen to the most careful of drivers. No matter how vigilant you are on the roads, this can always be counteracted by a driver who simply isn’t as attentive as you.

    While road accidents do happen, sometimes due to human error, it seems from a recent report released by The Highways Agency that some drivers struggle to grasp even the most basic of road rules.

    Hard shoulder stops: The lowdown

    As many drivers will know, stopping on the hard shoulder – unless in the case of an emergency – is illegal and can cause road accidents. If caught you could face a fine of £60 and have points added to your licence.

    How people judge the term ‘emergency’ seems to be somewhat of a grey area, with The Highways Agency’s recent revelation that drivers are stopping to pick flowers, take photographs and make phone calls, one of the worst excuses being that a driver was tired and felt the need to sleep during his journey.

    With high-speed traffic just feet away from the hard shoulder, it comes as no surprise that unlawfully stopping in this area is one of the leading causes of accidents on the motorway.

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    How common is the problem?

    The Highways Agency state that between July and September last year as many as 2062 drivers had stopped on the hard shoulder when there was no emergency.

    Certainly in the case of the driver who ill-advisedly resorted to the hard shoulder to take a nap, he should have taken the following precautionary measures instead:

    1. Delay journey and remain in town / city of origin due to their tired state
    2. Embark on the journey after feeling stimulated but visit the nearest motorway service station to recuperate sufficiently

    How to claim for a road-related injury

    If you believe you have sustained an injury due to a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, a law firm could help you obtain compensation for any harm and distress you have suffered.

    Whether you have experienced a temporary or permanent injury, damage to your vehicle or trauma, if the accident occurred within the last three years, Accident Advice Helpline can help you determine if your case is eligible.

    Call 0800 689 0500 for a free initial chat with our specialist team of advisors regarding your road-related injury.

    Date Published: September 30, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

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