Young drivers have a bad reputation, but if you’re a driver aged between 17 and 24 years who has been involved in a road traffic accident which wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim car crash compensation, especially if this was due to unavoidable road hazards.
Young drivers: the facts and figures
According to statistics, young drivers (those aged between 17 and 24 years old) are the most likely to be involved in road traffic accidents. According to research carried out by the RAC, drivers in this group are four times more likely to lose their life in a car accident than as a result of crime, drugs or alcohol. Also, one in five young drivers will be involved in an accident within six months of passing their driving test. Young people are more likely to have a crash because of a combination of factors, most notably a lack of experience and poor hazard perception.
Potential road hazards to avoid for young drivers
Sometimes it’s possible to prevent accidents, but in other cases there is nothing you can to do to stop a crash. However, being aware of road hazards and being a careful driver will always pay dividends. Here are five potential hazards for young drivers to look out for:
- Dangerous roads: If you’re not used to driving along certain roads or navigating sharp corners or blind bends, this can be treacherous. Take extra care when using roads on which you have not driven before and pay attention to the road signs, which usually warn of accident spots and particularly hazardous junctions and bends up ahead.
- Weather: The weather is a major hazard for drivers of all ages, but for young drivers who are less experienced it can be particularly dangerous. If the roads are icy or wet, or visibility is poor as a result of fog, driving becomes much more hazardous and drivers should take greater care on the roads. If severe weather conditions are forecast, avoid driving unless your journey is absolutely essential.
- Country lanes: Country lanes are top of many drivers’ lists of favourite roads because they are more fun and interesting than the average dual carriageway, but winding scenic roads are also packed with potential hazards, from livestock wandering across the road to slow moving vehicles, blind corners, loose terrain and oncoming overtaking vehicles.
- Pedestrians: Pedestrians (especially children) can be unpredictable, so it is important for drivers to be vigilant. Look out for signs indicating schools or residential areas and obey the speed limit at all times. It can be very difficult to spot people crossing the road, running out from behind a parked car or leaving a driveway, so always use your mirrors.
- Roadworks: Roadworks can be hazardous because people get frustrated and anxious in traffic jams, the road surface may be uneven and there may be people working in the road. Take extra care around roadworks and follow instructions on warning signs.
Can I make a claim?
If you’ve been involved in a car accident which wasn’t your fault and have evidence to back up your car crash claim, you could receive road traffic accident compensation. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we provide a convenient and reliable service for our clients, and our legal team boast experience in handling a wide range of claims, from slip, trip and fall compensation to work accident claims. Call us today on 0800 689 5659.