Rush hour for most is neither enjoyable nor productive. However for many people it is a necessity to get to work, school or college on time. However, due to the amount of vehicles on the road at this time it can cause several road traffic accidents.
What types of accidents commonly happen during rush hour?
Probably one of the more common car crash accidents are pile ups. This is where a car has stopped in front but the car behind has not noticed in time so drives straight into the back of them, which can easily cause the car behind to do the same thing. This happens because drivers are often not as focussed on the road, perhaps because they are thinking more about the day ahead or simply getting to their destination. Another common car collision is caused by cars pulling out of junctions and not noticing the other car coming the other way, thus causing a car crash claim. This is also caused by lack of concentration.
Another road traffic accident caused during rush hour is often due to the elements. In the colder, icy weather cars can easily collide if they have to brake hard or if they change lanes too quickly. This applies in wet weather as well.
How to prevent car collision claims
One of the main things you can do to prevent a road traffic accident is to be aware. Make sure you are focussed on driving and the road ahead and nothing else. If you are aware of what is around you, then you should see that car braking ahead of you – brake lights may be a clue, or that car pulling out. You can’t stop other people driving stupidly but if you focus on the road you may be able to help prevent a road traffic accident. As well as this, when you brake in wet or icy weather make sure you press on the pedal slowly and gently so that you don’t skid across the road. The quicker and harder you press the brakes the more likely you are to aquaplane or skid even if you have ABS.
But, unfortunately you cannot stop all car accidents from happening even if you are the most careful and cautious of drivers. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline on their freephone number – 0800 689 0500 – to find out how you could make a claim if the accident wasn’t your fault.
Date Published: January 14, 2014
Author: David Brown