Whilst most of us try to drive as carefully as we can, no matter what the weather, there are some driving conditions that are more dangerous than others; unfortunately you’re statistically more likely to have an accident in these conditions than you are when the weather is fine. But what are the most dangerous driving conditions?
Driving in snowy weather
Snow and ice are both very dangerous for drivers – there’s not only the risk of black ice, which is hard to see and could cause your vehicle to skid uncontrollably, but there are also visibility issues caused by driving snow or hailstones. People tend to rush more in snowing conditions as they’re anxious to get home, and icy or slippery road surfaces can increase your braking distance; often drivers don’t leave enough space between their vehicle and the one in front.
Driving in rain or fog
Wet or foggy conditions are equally dangerous for drivers – your stopping distance is greatly increased during wet weather, so it’s important to maintain a safe distance from the car in front of you, and overtaking can also be more dangerous, particularly on motorways when spray from lorries and larger vehicles can affect your visibility. Foggy conditions make it hard to see the road in front of you and if you are driving on narrow, country roads these types of conditions can be even more dangerous.
Road accidents caused by negligence
Unfortunately, it’s likely that at some point in your life you’ll be involved in a road accident that isn’t your fault. Negligent drivers who don’t pay attention to the road or weather conditions can cause serious accidents leading to injuries and even fatalities, so no matter how careful you are, you could still be affected. The good news is that if you’re injured in a road accident through no fault of your own, you could claim for personal injury compensation. If you’ve been forced to take time off work to recover from your back or neck injury, any loss of earnings will be taken into account when you claim, and if your injury has left you with scarring which impacts you both physically and psychologically, this will also be considered when processing your claim.
How we can help
The first step towards claiming the compensation you deserve is to contact Accident Advice Helpline. Because we’re backed by our patron Esther Rantzen so you know you can trust us to handle your claim professionally. Most claims can be processed over the phone, and a quick call to our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 could get the ball rolling on your claim today – plus we offer a 100% no win, no fee* service to all our customers. Call us today and you’re assured of a friendly, no-obligation chat with one of our specialist advisers – and we’re open 24/7.