All drivers should be aware of the dangers of the road. While it is essential that you drive with caution and awareness of other drivers, there is always a chance that a road traffic accident will occur.
Sadly, not all drivers are careful, or ‘switched on’, when using the roads and ignorance towards key laws can lead to an increase in road and motorway accidents.
Using the hard shoulder illegally
In a 2014 report by The Highways Agency, it has been revealed that just over 2000 drivers stopped on the hard shoulder in the three months between June and September 2013,
While a large proportion of these stops will be for legitimate emergencies, The Highways Agency have found that a good number of drivers are using the hard shoulder incorrectly and therefore increasing the likelihood of an accident on the motorway.
Among the worst of the worst hard shoulder excuses included taking a nap, picking flowers and taking photographs, two drivers even pulled over onto the hard shoulder to incredibly negotiate a car sale!
None of these excuses are acceptable reasons for using the hard shoulder, increasing the risk of road traffic accidents in turn.
Hard shoulder dangers: Motorway accidents
Since 2000, over 800 people a year have been killed or injured on the hard shoulder, according to a May 2013 report by the BBC. With a fatality rate as high as this, it is no wonder that illegal use of the hard shoulder carries a £60 fine and licence points.
Motorway service stations are the best place to ‘pull over’ and take a break. The first UK-based motorway service station was established at Watford Gap, Northamptonshire on the M1 in 1959 and the complex still stands today featuring a McDonald’s restaurant, Costa coffee house and WH Smith newsagent and entertainment shop among other outlets.
When you are involved in an accident on the road, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation for any harm you have suffered.
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Source: The Highways Agency
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice