Introducing car accidents
Motorists owe a debt of gratitude to Henry Ford. The American’s Model-T car kick-started the mass-production of vehicles and was the catalyst for the wide range of cars and motors we see on the roads today.
Staff in A & E rooms may, however, be considerably less grateful. Road traffic accidents cause thousands of injuries and deaths every year up and down the country. Department for Transport (DfT) statistics show that, In 2011 alone, there were 23,000 reported cases of serious road injuries.
In addition to this, the DfT reports that 2011 saw 1900 fatalities on the road, over half of which occurred on Britain’s A roads. It`s a frightening statistic when you consider these stretches of tarmac only make up 10% of the road network.
Common road accidents
On the road, patience is not only a virtue, it can also be a life saver. Everyone enjoys seeing an aggressive, intimidating driver in a loud, fast car get their comeuppance in the form of a speeding ticket or visit from the traffic police but the dangers they pose before this moment is both real and severe.
The vast majority of accidents are caused by risky overtaking from people fed up waiting or queuing.
Other causes of road traffic accidents include people driving in their ‘comfort zone.’ Many commuters drive the same route every day and can therefore occasionally operate on auto-pilot, paying scant attention to their surroundings as they know the route so well.
The fact is, when driving, your life is dependent on the concentration and competency of others in order to avoid a car accident.
Potential claims in the YouTube video
Perhaps the driver filming in the clip above can predict the future, perhaps they were filming for their own insurance protection, either way, they perfectly captured the moment an impatient Dodge Viper driver careers into the back of a queuing van at one minute and 40 seconds. (Turn off annotations to avoid industrial language)
- Assessing fault
When making a car accident claim, it’s important to prove that the accident was not your fault. Should the van driver push for car crash compensation, this should be easy. The Viper is seen weaving in and out of traffic and speeding up before realising too late that the traffic up ahead is stationary.
- Claim potential
As one party is so clearly at fault, there can be little dispute over any road traffic accident claim.