If you’ve recently been involved in a road accident that wasn’t your fault, a quick call to the Accident Advice Helpline will give you access to our team of top lawyers and solicitors, who have the experience, knowledge and tact at their disposal to make sure your no win, no fee claim is taken care of without you yourself ever having to step foot inside a court room. Of course, whilst a personal injury claim can help soothe your mental and physical scars, you’d prefer to avoid any potential traffic accidents altogether. Here we’ve underlined three of the most common causes of road accidents in the UK to help you realise what NOT to do.
Driving when tired is the most common cause of road accidents
Those signs on the motorway are not just there for decoration, it’s true, ‘tiredness kills’. A worryingly large percentage of traffic accidents are caused by drivers either losing concentration through lack of sleep, or actually falling asleep at the wheel. For this reason it’s a good idea to take frequent breaks on long journeys, keep yourself hydrated and well fed (hunger and thirst are almost as likely to make you feel drowsy as a lack of sleep) and to refrain from listening to relaxing music that could help catalyse a ‘sleepy state’. The Accident Advice Helpline has heard from thousands of callers who have been in accidents caused by drowsy drivers so remember, if you’re feeling sleepy, your head belongs on a pillow, not your steering wheel.
Whilst the ‘THINK’ campaign has made great strides in tackling the UK’s drink driving epidemic, there are still an unfortunate amount of drivers who still feel they are ‘above the law’ and can keep getting away with it. As recently as 2010 there were almost 10,000 road accidents caused by drunk driving and 250 of them proved fatal. It has been proven that alcohol significantly dulls your reflexes and causes concentration levels to drop significantly. Although the current UK limits allow around a pint of low strength beer or a small glass of wine before driving, even one glass have been proven to affect the way your body processes information. As such, Accident Advice Helpline highly recommends abstaining from alcohol completely if you intend driving at any point within the next 24 hours.
Around 400 lives are taken every year as a direct result of speeding. We live in a busy society where speed and punctuality are seen almost as representative markers of our worth. The speed limits are there for a reason though; don’t let your hubris and impatience cost you the potential lives of yourself, your passengers and your fellow road users.
Finally, Accident Advice Helpline advises everyone to fasten up! Around 300 lives could be spared each year if everyone just took the extra few seconds to fasten their seat belts!
Date Published: October 5, 2013
Author: David Brown