There are many advanced safety technologies available from the automotive industry these days and many of them make a very real contribution to road safety. Many of them rely on avoiding a crash by informing, advising and alerting the driver to any dangerous situation that might be pending and so help to avoid an accident. Others actually adapt the driving of the car to help further – these involve making minute changes to the braking or speed of the car and can avoid a potentially lethal spin or skid. The NCAP Awards are made for any nominated safety system that makes a real difference to safety and each car is put through some very rigorous testing procedures before it is given the award and many fail – a NCAP Award is a very good sign that a car is significantly safer to drive, especially in hazardous conditions, than others on the market and the awards are used by careful drivers when deciding what car to buy. Previous award winners are available from the website which is easy to navigate and understand. Some of the technologies are very new and descriptions are also available from Euro NCAP.
Making the roads safer
Even a careful driver will have experienced a ‘near miss’ at some time in their driving career and most will accept that sometimes it is their ‘fault’. This does not mean that they are deliberately driving carelessly or without due regard for others’ safety, but simply that road conditions or other drivers’ behaviour conspire to create a dangerous situation. The more safety features that a car has on board the better, but it is still essential that all drivers follow basic safety advice about such things as not driving tired and never using mobile phones.
Accident Advice Helpline – we’re here to help
If you have been involved in an accident which is someone else’s fault, be it because of bad driving or something more widely culpable such as under-maintained road surfaces you may well be eligible for compensation. If you ring Accident Advice Helpline you will be put in touch with one of the many very experienced solicitors with whom we work and who will be able to assess your claim. You are under no obligation to proceed but if we do, it will be on a strictly no win, no fee* basis.