The average high street car crash may not cause the catastrophic damage of a motorway pile-up, but the injuries can still be considerable. A common factor in these incidents is that fact that many of the motorists who are making short trips to the shops are doing so in their leisure time.
Unlike delivery van drivers or cabbies who drive professionally, and whose livelihood depends on developing a strong skill set behind the wheels, typical high street drivers might be retired people popping to the shops. Where motorists are less experienced they will be more liable to make slip-ups. In the case of elderly people, there may be issues around being completely aware of the traffic environment, due to sight or hearing impairment.
Many of the motorists making their way into city centres are intransigent, such as lorry drivers dropping off loads, or tourists. In both cases, the drivers concerned might not be completely familiar with road layouts. Mistakes can easily be made, such as taking wrong turnings in one-way systems. This will have a knock-on effect with other vehicles that happen to be in the vicinity of a car manoeuvring where it shouldn’t be.
Who is vulnerable in a high street car crash?
Drivers can take a certain amount of care to pre-empt dangerous situations. They should be wary of factors that can effect traffic situations, such as weather conditions. It is also essential that vehicles are always kept roadworthy. But the safest motorist in the world is still at the mercy of other road users.
Common causes of collisions include drivers who are unfamiliar with road layouts, or who are over the legal limit for alcohol consumption. Excessive speeding is also a contributory factor, as this will severely impair a driver’s ability to brake at a safe distance.
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If your situation is down to someone else’s negligence, and it occurred within the past three years, you may well be entitled to claim recompense.
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Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen