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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Car accident YouTube 7

    Car accidents caused by distraction

    All too often, accidents on the road occur due to drivers not paying attention to the road/ other road users. It takes just a second of looking at something, answering a phone or whatever else may distract a driver to end up in an accident. Noted as ‘driving without due care and attention’, such accidents sadly often result in serious injuries and even deaths.

    2012 numbers of injuries by road accidents

    The following figures refer to road accident injuries and death reported to/ by the police during 2012. Numbers of people killed only include fatalities within 30 days of the accidents causing fatal injuries. This means in reality, these numbers could be far higher if fatalities occurring after 30 days were included.

    • Total casualties – 195,723
    • Total personal injury accidents – 145,571
    • Serious injuries – 23,122
    • Deaths – 1,754

    Sadly, these figures include substantial amounts of car accident injuries/deaths involving children up to the age of 15. For 2012, these figures are:

    • Total child casualties – 17,251
    • Serious injuries/ deaths – 2,272

    Many of these children died through one moment of carelessness.

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    Potential claims in the video

    The varying clips shown in this video mainly show accidents that occurred as a result of either drivers or pedestrians not paying attention to what is going on.

    Assessing fault – In many cases, distracted drivers were clearly responsible for the resulting injuries/ deaths. In the case of the schoolboy stepping out in front of the van, the van driver could not be blamed, however, as he was already too close to prevent the accident when the boy stepped onto the road.

    Potential claims – Where distracted drivers caused accidents, it is likely that the victims or their families will be able to claim for compensation. In the case of the schoolboy, it is unlikely that a claim for accident injury compensation would be successful, as the boy caused the accident.

    Making road traffic accident claims

    If another driver caused you to be injured by traffic accident during the last three years, there is a good chance that you can make a claim for personal injury compensation. Find out if you have a claim by contacting Accident Advice Helpline. The helpline is free and available 24/7.

    Friendly advisers will talk to you about the incident to determine whether you qualify for a claim. Calls are confidential and if you are eligible to claim against injury by car accident, the company’s legal team will deal with your case on a no win – no fee basis, so you do not have to worry about costs.

    Date Published: October 24, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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