Introducing car accidents
Given how often many of us drive, it’s easy to forget just how potentially dangerous an activity it is. Millions of people spend hours and hours on the roads during an average week and no matter how competent a driver you may be, the threat of a car accident lurks around every corner.
After all, you may be the safest motorist in the world, but every time you drive you are also essentially putting your life in other people’s hands. We’ve all experienced someone haring down the tarmac as if they and they alone are on the road, muttering and tutting under our breath and hoping for the flash of a speed camera, but the fact is that the frequent high speed off traffic means that when a car accident occurs, they tend to be serious.
Common road accidents
Statistics from the Department for Transport (DfT) reveal that of the 23,000 serious road traffic injuries that occurred in 2011, 740 were suffered on the motorway, with 106 deaths resulting. While motorways may be largely straight, the traffic is fast moving and, with 49% of motorists admitting they break the 70 mph speed limit, the potential for road accidents is high.
Though an increasing number of cycle paths have been introduced over the last decade, accidents involving bicycles are still worryingly high with DfT recording over 107 fatalities in 2011.
Potential claims in the YouTube video
Having mentioned the danger of high-speed accidents, the video above shows a bizarre stand off between two vehicles followed by a low-speed but potentially very serious crash. Actually, it’s less of a crash, more of an assault. Beginning in earnest after one minute and ten seconds, it’s funny in a ‘what on earth are they doing’ kind of way but also extremely dangerous.
- Assessing fault
Usually, with road traffic accidents, there are two sides to every story. Here, though, the blame clearly lies with the blue car in what seems to be a simple case of road rage, unless the driver of the silver car said ‘I’ll pay you to repeatedly ram into my car and nearly run me over.’
- Claim potential
All joking aside, the victim is extremely lucky to escape without a serious traffic injury and is certainly due some road accident compensation for the damage to their car. Proving it’s someone else’s fault is easy in this instance.