Many people jump in a car without a second thought of being involved in road traffic accidents, but panic when waiting to take off on an aeroplane. But are you more likely to have an accident in the air or on the road?
How common are road accidents?
Road traffic accidents are common; last year, according to the Department for Transport, there were almost 200,000 car crashes in the UK, resulting in 1,754 deaths and more than 23,000 cases of serious injuries.
The main causes of car crashes are human error, which may involve a lack of experience, misjudging the road, losing concentration and/or speeding. Drink driving is also a major issue and figures from the police suggest that around 280 people lose their lives as a result of accidents on the road caused by drivers who are over the legal drink drive limit.
Which is more common? An accident in the air or on the road?
Aeroplane accidents are rare and, statistically, you are safer travelling by aeroplane than almost any other mode of transport. According to statistics from the US Department of Transportation, the risk of dying in an aeroplane accident is around 1 in 2 million, while the chance of losing your life in a road traffic accident are 1 in 7,000. Last year, 362 people died in plane crashes globally, while 1,574 people died in car accidents in the UK alone.
Can I claim for a road traffic accident?
If you have been involved in a car accident, which was not your fault, you may be able to make a claim for road traffic accident compensation. Accident Advice Helpline was established in 2000 to enable people to claim compensation without any hassle or stress.
The firm has an excellent reputation and is endorsed by TV consumer rights champion, Esther Rantzen. If the following statements apply to you, contact Accident Advice Helpline for advice about claiming car crash compensation, travel accident compensation, slip, trip or fall compensation or work accident compensation:
- You have had an accident or become ill as a result of an incident, or your working conditions, within the last 3 years
- The accident was not your fault
- You have information and documents (such as witness statements and medical notes) to support your compensation claim
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: November 10, 2013
Author: David Brown