Car accidents today
Car accidents happen, wherever you may be at the time. Sometimes it takes but a moment of distraction, sometimes a driver disregards warning signs and signals, as is the case in the video shown above, and sometimes it will never really be known exactly what happened. Tiredness, alcohol and being in a hurry can also lead to mistakes causing accidents. All too often, such mistakes lead to injuries or deaths.
Statistics of injuries by road traffic accident
The accident in the video happened on a junction within a built-up area. Here are some figures of reported accidents involving cars and other road users in 2012. According to government statistics, a total of 109,036 accidents occurred on built-up roads during this period, resulting in:
- 139,899 casualties, including
- 777 fatalities – less than one per cent of accidents
- 15,610 serious injuries – just over 14 per cent of accidents
In comparison, there were 30,920 accidents on non-built-up roads with speed limits above 40 mph. These included:
- 889 fatalities – almost three per cent of accidents
- 6775 serious injuries – almost 22 per cent of accidents
These figures clearly show that while drivers in busy built-up areas have a greater chance of being involved in an accident, the likelihood of receiving serious or fatal injuries in high-speed accidents is far greater than being seriously hurt by car accidents in built-up areas with lower speed limits.
The video’s claim potential
In the video, a driver runs a red light, crashes into two cars crossing his path and subsequently catapults his own vehicle and one of the vehicles he hit into three cars waiting at the red light.
Assessing responsibility – The driver running the red light is clearly at fault here. Running a light is illegal.
Potential claims – Every one of the drivers in the other five cars has a good case for making a claim for injury/damages incurred through this accident against the driver running the light.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you were injured by car accident within the last three years and the accident was not your fault, you may be entitled to claim injury compensation.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline via the 24/7 free-phone number or use the compensation calculator on their website to determine your eligibility/ chance of success.