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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    The dangers of drivers not checking their blind spot


    Millions of people use Britain’s roads every day and the vast majority get from A to B without any issues, but if you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident and it wasn’t your fault, you could make a claim for compensation.

    What causes accidents on the road?

    According to statistics from the Department for Transport, the majority of car accidents on UK roads are caused by driver error. In 2012, there were 195,723 motor accidents reported to the police, which represented a decrease of 4 per cent from the previous year. The number of fatalities on the road fell to a record low of 1,754.

    The most common causes of car crashes include:

    • adverse weather conditions
    • speeding
    • loss of concentration or distraction
    • not using mirrors properly and failing to check your blind spot
    • drink driving
    • inexperience

    Road accidents: what are the dangers of failing to check the blind spot?

    According to the Royal Society of the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), around 40 per cent of road traffic incidents involve somebody who ‘did not look properly’. The blind spot is the area that you cannot see in your mirrors without adjusting your body position. It is essential to check this area every time you pull out, change your road position or negotiate a junction, as it is possible that there may be oncoming traffic, a cyclist or a pedestrian that you cannot see in your mirrors. If you fail to check the blind spot, this could result in an accident, which may have very serious consequences for you and others around you.

    Can I claim road accident compensation if I’ve been in a car crash?

    If you’ve been in a collision and it wasn’t your fault, you may be eligible for compensation. If the incident occurred within the last 3 years and you have the evidence to confirm that you were not to blame, contact Accident Advice helpline, a law firm with 13 years’ of experience in handling car crash claims and personal injury compensation.

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    The firm was established in 2000 with the aim of enabling members of the public to use a simple and fair system to get the compensation they deserve. The expert team of personal injury lawyers has experience in a number of fields, from work accident claims, to travel accident compensation, and they remove all the stress from the process of making a car accident claim.

    To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.

    Date Published: January 6, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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