The Highway Code exists to provide drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists with rules and regulations which will protect their safety, and when you learn to drive you’ll sit your driving theory test, which involves answering questions about the Highway Code.
What is the Highway Code?
The Highway Code provides all sorts of rules for those on the road; here are some of the areas it covers:
- Rules for breakdowns and incidents
- Advice on driving in adverse weather conditions
- Road markings
- Information signs
- How to provide first aid on the road
- Rules about animals
- Road works, level crossings and tramways
- Rules for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists
- Advice on speed limits
- Vehicle maintenance, safety and security
The advice provided in the Highway Code helps to ensure that anyone on the road, whether a pedestrian, driver or rider, is aware of how to stay safe. For example, the advice relating to driving in adverse weather conditions provides guidance on increasing your distance from the car in front, as stopping distances can often be much greater in wet or icy weather. There is also advice relating to aquaplaning in wet weather and driving in wintry conditions.
Claiming for compensation after a road accident
If you have been injured in a road traffic accident, you may be able to claim for compensation if the accident was someone else’s fault. You may have been driving, a passenger in another vehicle or even a pedestrian, cyclist or motorcyclist who has been struck by another vehicle. If you can prove that the other driver was negligent – for example if they ignored road signs, were driving dangerously in adverse weather conditions or failed to stop at traffic lights, or even if they were distracted, then you could claim for personal injury compensation. Injuries caused by road accidents can range from minor cuts and bruises to severe head, knee, back, shoulder or neck injuries, and whiplash is a common injury occurring after a car accident which can be incredibly painful.
How we can help
Call Accident Advice Helpline if you’re considering making a claim for compensation after your road accident. We’re open 24/7, and it’s free to call on 0800 689 0500; we can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether we think your claim is viable, so you won’t be left waiting.
If you do have a viable claim, our 100% no win, no fee service ensures you get to keep more of what’s rightfully yours, should your claim be successful. Don’t opt for unreliable, unprofessional personal injury lawyers – choose a company you can trust – we’re accredited by Lexcel, the Law Society’s practice management standard and backed by our patron Esther Rantzen, TV personality and consumer champion. Give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 to see how we can help you.
Date Published: December 19, 2013
Author: David Brown