Statistics from the Department of Health show that one person dies in England every hour as a result of an accident. Accidents can happen when you least expect them and they can have devastating consequences. If you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident, an accident at work, or you have had a slip, trip or fall, you may wish to consider claiming compensation.
Types of common accidents in the UK
The most common accidents in the UK include:
- road accidents
- accidents in the home
- accidents at work
- lifting and handling accidents
Less common accidents include drowning, suffocation and assault.
Preventing slips, trips and falls
Falls are the most common accidents causing injury, and they are especially common in older people. The number of falls tends to increase in the winter months when there is ice on the roads.
Sometimes, it is impossible to prevent a fall, and there is nothing you can do to stop somebody from slipping, but there are some very simple steps you can take to reduce the risk of falling, and prevent others from slipping, including:
- gritting steps, driveways and pavements when frosty nights and snow are forecast
- install hand rails alongside steps
- wear suitable footwear
- avoid going out when the weather conditions are very severe
- ensure that the flooring is in good condition
- always keep doorways, stairways, and corridors clear of obstructions
- mop up any spillages as quickly as possible, and use warning signs to alert people to the slippery floor
According to RoSPA, more than 1,700 people were killed on Britain’s roads last year, and a further 23,000 were seriously injured. The reality is that driving is dangerous and there are certain risk factors, which make driving even more hazardous.
The most common cause of car accidents is driver error, which accounts for speeding, failing to make suitable judgements, overtaking inappropriately, becoming distracted or losing concentration, braking too late, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Inexperienced drivers are more likely to be involved in a car crash, and collisions are more common in adverse weather conditions, such as fog, snow, rain and ice.
Claiming personal injury or car crash compensation
If you would like to find out more about car crash or personal injury compensation, contact Accident Advice Helpline and talk to an expert. Their personal injury lawyers will be able to assess your case, and if you have a viable claim, they will do everything they can to get you the compensation you deserve. To discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown