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Most common causes of road traffic accidents


Government statistics show that the number of fatal road traffic accidents has fallen to an all-time low, yet thousands of people are killed on Britain’s roads every year. If you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident and you were injured through no fault of your own, contact Accident Advice Helpline to discuss car crash compensation.


What causes road traffic accidents?

According to the Department of Transport, 1754 people were killed and more than 23,000 people were injured in car collisions last year, so why are car crashes so common and what can be done to save more lives?

There are many possible causes of road traffic accidents and these include environmental factors and driver responsibility. The most common risk factors include:

  • Driver error, which may mean driving at an unsuitable speed, taking a corner too fast, failing to brake, careless driving, poor judgement and loss of concentration/
  • Weather conditions; statistically, there are more accidents in the winter months due to fog, rain, ice and snow.
  • Alcohol and drug abuse.
  • Inexperience.

What can be done to prevent road traffic accidents and save more lives?

Every time you get in a car you face risks, not just because you are in charge of a powerful vehicle, but also because you are subject to a number of hazards. These hazards include other drivers, trees, pedestrians, animals, fences and adverse weather conditions. The reality is that even if you are the most careful driver, and you’ve never had an accident before, you may still be injured in a collision because another driver may not be as experienced as you. Or, you may come across a situation which is beyond your control; for example if something runs out into the road very suddenly.


Here are some tips to reduce your risk of being injured in a car accident:

  • Always wear your seat belt
  • Drive according to the speed limit
  • Take extra care if you are unfamiliar with the roads
  • Focus on driving at all times and do not try and do other tasks while driving, such as talking on a mobile phone (which is illegal anyway) or changing the radio
  • Avoid driving if the weather conditions are severe
  • Take extra care if the roads are icy or wet and brake in line with the recommended stopping distances
  • Be patient and give other drivers space

The benefits of car accident compensation

If you’ve been injured and you are not to blame, you are entitled to claim car crash compensation. Compensation can help to cover medical costs and provide assistance with bills and household costs, which will be particularly beneficial if you are unable to work for a period of time as a result of your injuries. Contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 5659 to find out how you could make a claim.