One of the major reasons for accidents and casualties on the UK’s roads is failing to look according to figures released by the Department of Transport. The figures indicate that it was a major contributor to the 62,000 casualties on Britain’s roads in 2013 meaning that around 408 of these deaths could have been prevented if the driver had simply looked where they were going before making manoeuvres or pulling out.
The second cause of casualties was a failure to accurately judge others’ speed or a failure to judge their path of driving correctly. This contributed to more than 34,000 casualties and 217 deaths.
Another major cause for accidents was found to be illegal tyres or tyres which were under-inflated with 18 deaths caused and 968 casualties in total. TyreSafe chairman Stuart Jackson has stated that tyres should be checked regularly to ensure that they are legal and safe to be roadworthy. The number of casualties on Britain’s roads is falling but is falling at a slower rate than in previous years according to figures, sparking concerns about road safety around Britain.
Staying aware on the roads
Simply looking and paying attention to the road when making a manoeuvre can be the difference between an incident-free drive and causing an accident. Several deaths have been caused by failing to look meaning that many people are distracted or are not fully concentrating on their surroundings. Putting away distractions when making complicated turns or simply waiting a beat before pulling out could potentially prevent another needless casualty on the road. However, some drivers are not as vigilant and could cause accidents by driving recklessly. If you have been involved in an accident where someone else was negligent on the road, you could make a compensation claim for any injuries or trauma sustained.
Calling Accident Advice Helpline
If you have been involved in a road traffic accident, Accident Advice Helpline can represent you should you wish to make a claim for compensation. Call our free 24-hour helpline to speak with a member of our team who will be able to give you an idea of how successful your claim is likely to be. We offer no-obligation advice as well as a no win, no fee* policy which ensures you won’t be paying anything upfront to pursue your case. Call us today if you have been the victim of a road traffic accident.