Road safety charity, Brake, carried out a road safety survey in Scotland this summer, and the results were shocking. The survey revealed that 38% of people have experienced a ‘near miss’ on country roads as cyclists, drivers or pedestrians, with 32% of drivers admitting to driving unsafely in the country – overtaking, speeding or driving fast around bends.
Did you know that car drivers are twice as likely to be killed whilst driving a car on a country road as in an urban area? For cyclists, this increases to three times as likely. Other results of the survey showed that 18% of drivers admitted to breaking the speed limit whilst driving on a country road, with 25% of people claiming they had travelled as a passenger with a driver who was going too fast. 80% of people surveyed were concerned that traffic on rural roads is too fast.
Julie Townsend, Brake’s Deputy Chief Executive is concerned about country road safety and commented, “We hear constantly from people in rural areas whose communities are blighted by fast traffic. It’s a big issue over the summer when many people want to enjoy our beautiful countryside on foot, bike or horseback.”
Country road safety is paramount
If you have been unlucky enough to be involved in a road traffic accident on a country road, you may be wondering who is to blame. It can be hard to take an objective view of an accident, but if you believe the other driver was at fault – for example, if they were using their mobile phone whilst driving or speeding around a corner and lost control of their vehicle – you could claim compensation. It’s a good idea to take some photographs of the scene of the accident, if possible, as these could be useful if you decide to contact a personal injury lawyer to claim compensation for your injuries.
Claiming compensation for road traffic accidents
It’s an inevitable fact of life that accidents happen, but if you have been injured in a road traffic accident through no fault of your own, contact Accident Advice Helpline. We have been in the personal injury industry since 2000, helping people just like you claim compensation for collisions, so whether you have suffered whiplash or been more severely injured, we can help. We’re accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and endorsed by our patron, TV personality Esther Rantzen, and we provide all our customers with a 100% ‘no win, no fee’* service. For confidential, no-obligation advice on your individual situation, call us today free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: August 9, 2014
Author: David Brown