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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

    Common road traffic accidents


    While there might be an element of amusing irony in the picture above, road traffic accidents are far from a laughing matter. Indeed, statistics from the Department of Transport (DfT) for the last year make for harrowing reading. Nearly 25,000 incidents were reported and recorded, of which 1900 were tragic fatalities.

    Approximately one quarter of these accidents involved pedestrians. A natural consequence of the comparative lack of protection that surrounds those on two wheels or feet means motorbike or cycle accidents often have graver consequences.

    Ever since the ingenuity of Henry Ford brought motoring to the masses in 1908 with the Model-T, driving has had an element of placing your life and safety in the hands of others.

    Common road traffic accidents

    Around half of the fatalities recorded by the DfT occurred on Britain’s A roads, despite the fact they only make up around 10% of the road network. This alarming statistic can be largely attributed to drivers becoming too familiar with their route and driving in the ‘comfort zone’.

    Too many motorists assume the journey will be uneventful and fine, confident that they know the route as they drive it every day. Familiarity breeds danger as safe driving requires constant vigilance.

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    The DfT reveals that each fatality and serious road injury costs the government £1.7million and £190,000 respectively.  Claims against uninsured drivers are significantly more expensive than those where everyone is covered and can often be significantly more complicated.

    Potential claims in the image

    Without more context, it’s difficult to analyse the above image. What is abundantly clear is that a somewhat serious road accident has occurred so the next steps are to establish whether any car accident compensation is due.

    Assessing fault

    In order for a car crash claim to be successful, it must be proven that the accident was the result of negligence by someone else. The picture above shows a dry and temperate day, so insufficiently gritted roads can be ruled out as a cause. Of course, there’s a chance that the road was in poor condition or in need of repair or the driver was run off the road by another motorist. Equally, it’s possible they simply misjudged a turn or were travelling too fast.

    Claim potential

    Depending on the cause, the motorist may have a case for road injury compensation. If it was not their fault, then there is a claim to be made.

    Date Published: November 15, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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