Road traffic accidents are serious and extremely dangerous with potentially grave consequences. Ever since Henry Ford’s Model-T motor rolled off the production line and into the waiting arms of the masses in 1908, the quest for better, faster, stronger cars has been relentless.
The fact that 49% of motorists admit to breaking the 70 mph motorway speed limit, according to the Department for Transport, makes for alarming reading as it doesn’t include those who do speed but are reluctant to admit it. 1900 road accident fatalities in the last year, according to the DfT, makes for grim reading.
Common road accidents
Given the aforementioned statistic, it’s unsurprising that most car accidents are caused by people simply driving too fast. Of course, traffic volume and external conditions play a part, but you are essentially relying on thousands of others to be as safety conscious and vigilant as yourself each time you head out on the roads.
Though the video above takes place outside the UK, this sort of road accident is hardly limited to the United States. Hazardous road conditions cause a huge lorry to lose its grip as things begin to spiral dangerously out of control. Miraculously, and thanks to some quick thinking from one man to avoid serious passenger injury, nobody was seriously hurt as everyone escaped.
Potential claims in the YouTube video
The start of the video shows that precautions have been taken against the perilous state of the road but also demonstrates that these measures are not working for all vehicles. It also only shows one side of the road so we are therefore unsure as to whether the same contingency is in place for traffic on the other side.
- Assessing fault
When claiming for car crash compensation, it’s important to prove that the accident was the fault of someone else. In this instance, this may be hard to prove unless the lorry was driving dangerously quickly and ignoring safety instructions.
- Claim potential
It is the passenger in the lorry who probably has the strongest road accident claim. Only desperate evasive action prevented him from suffering potentially fatal injury and, while his fall may have hurt and caused damage itself, it could have been a whole lot worse had he not had the speed of thought to jump.