Very rarely do road traffic accidents pass off without incident. They often look spectacular and dramatic and have the consequential costs and injuries to match. The Department for Transport revealed that each road fatality costs the government somewhere in the region of £1.7 million while each serious injury suffered racks up a bill of £190,000.
These costs are exacerbated if uninsured drivers are involved or if the perpetrators disappear into the abyss. Untraced driver claims are an often complicated process where help from the experts can prove to be invaluable.
Common road traffic accidents
Nearly one half of the fatalities and serious injuries reported to the DfT in the last year occurred on the A roads of the United Kingdom. This can mainly be attributed to familiarity breeding danger. Though A roads only make up 10% of the road network, they are most commonly used by commuters. People using the same road every day inevitably leads to a certain degree of ‘switching off’ and driving on autopilot which slows reaction times when something unexpected happens.
DfT statistics also show that uninsured drivers are more likely to be involved in a road traffic incident than their legally covered counterparts. The change from irresponsible car owner to irresponsible driver is an obvious and expensive one. Claims against uninsured drivers can be costly for governments as people seek the compensation they deserve.
Potential claims in the image
It’s a miracle that nobody died in the above image. At first glance it takes a while to work out what might have happened but after some study it seems as though the car on the right hand side has failed to stop in time, if at all, and has almost flipped the middle car over, resulting in a metal sandwich that could have had grave consequences.
The key to any car accident claim is working out who is at fault. If the accident is the result of reckless and negligent driving from someone else, then there is a case to be answered. Here the fault, in all likelihood, lies with the car on the right hand side which leaves the drivers of the cars in the middle and on the left with cases for car crash compensation.
There’s simply no way there were no driver injuries suffered in the middle car and they have a strong chance of a successful claim.
Date Published: November 15, 2013
Author: David Brown