Breaking down: Increased potential for road traffic accidents

Breaking down is something that every motorist dreads. Is it a major fault? Will it cost a fortune to get fixed? How will I get home? All questions that spring to mind. Breaking down on a busy road, at night or in a dangerous area can be a major ordeal for most people. Being stranded on the side of the road significantly increases your risk of being involved in road traffic accidents.

Things you should do if you break down in order to avoid road traffic accidents

As much as you may be concerned about your vehicle after a breakdown, your main priority should be for your safety. Every year hundreds of people are injured after being hit by cars while waiting by the side of the road for recovery. If you are unfortunate enough to breakdown in your car there are a few golden rules you should stick to:

  • Put on your hazard lights
  • Get out of the vehicle
  • Ensure all passengers are out of the vehicle
  • Stay well away from the road
  • Call for breakdown recovery as soon as you can
  • Wait for help, well away from the vehicle and the side of the road

If you are injured in a car accident you could be entitled to compensation

Should you have been injured in a road accident, either in the car or on the side of the road, you could be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Compensation is there to help you and your family in the difficult weeks and months following an accident on the road.

Who to turn to for expert advice

As one of the country’s leading compensation claims experts, Accident Advice Helpline is there for you in your time of need.

With over 10 years of dealing with compensation claims for people involved in road traffic accidents, slips, trips and falls and accidents at work, AAH have all the experience needed to represent you and ensure you get what you are entitled to.

Their team of friendly advisors will run through some quick questions with you to assess your situation and will let you know if you have a case for a claim.

Because they gather all of the information they need over the phone it’s very unlikely that you will even need to attend court.

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