With around 85,000 vehicles using the UK’s motorways every day and around 800 serious accidents a year on motorways, it’s easy to see why driving on a motorway could be more dangerous than on another type of road. 90% of all motorway accidents are caused by driver error – here are some of the most common causes of motorway accidents:
- Tailgating and speeding
- Mechanical failure
- Dangerous weather
- Under-inflated tyres
- Hard shoulder accidents
- Drink driving
- Driving when tired
If you have been sustained motorway accident injuries after a collision that wasn’t your fault – for example if another driver was rubbernecking at an accident and crashed into your car – you could claim personal injury compensation for your pain and suffering.
It makes sense that the faster you’re travelling, the more serious your injuries could be if you are involved in a crash. Whilst speed limits are in place to be followed, this doesn’t mean that you need to drive at the maximum speed limit at all times. You should adjust your speed according to the weather conditions and avoid tailgating at all times, particularly in wet or wintry conditions.
What injuries have you sustained?
If you have been seriously injured after a collision, you’ll probably need to be checked out at hospital and may need treatment. Here are just a few examples of the types of injuries that could be sustained after a motorway accident:
- Cuts and bruises
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Head injuries including brain injuries
- Injured muscles/tendons/ligaments
- Crush injuries
No matter how minor or serious your injuries, if the accident was not your fault, contacting a personal injury lawyer will enable you to find out if you’re eligible to claim compensation.
How to claim compensation
It’s easy to find out right now how much compensation you could be eligible to claim. Head for Accident Advice Helpline’s website and take our 30-second test, or call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 and we’ll usually be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim. Whether you have suffered whiplash, broken bones or a life-changing injury, get in touch with one of our professional personal injury lawyers today for confidential, no-obligation advice and a 100% no win, no fee* service. We’ve been in the industry since 2000, and since then we’ve helped hundreds of customers claim the compensation they deserve – you could be next.
Date Published: January 22, 2015
Author: David Brown