We’ve all seen those people on the motorway who act as if they aren’t in a vehicle that’s moving at 70 miles per hour – they’re on their mobile phone, fiddling around with an MP3 player, doing their hair and make-up or eating a sandwich. All of these things can be incredibly dangerous to do whilst driving, as they distract you from the road – you may not notice hazards or could fail to brake if another car changes lanes and pulls in front of you. Motorway accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, but here are some of the most common ones:
- Children or other passengers distracting the driver
- Checking on children or animals
- Failure to pay attention to motorway signs
- Changing lanes without checking mirrors
- Failing to indicate when changing lanes
- Drinking or eating whilst driving
- Adjusting in-car entertainment whilst driving
- Texting or talking on a mobile phone
- Tired drivers failing to take regular breaks
Protect yourself from motorway accidents
The chances are if you’re driving on the motorway then you probably have a fairly lengthy journey ahead. It’s important to take regular breaks, especially if it’s late or you start to feel tired. This gives you the chance to stretch your legs and have something to eat and drink. Don’t be tempted to wind down the window and blast your music in an attempt to stay awake; tired drivers are a major cause of motorway accidents.
Claiming for compensation
If you’ve been involved in an accident through no fault of your own, you could claim for compensation against the other driver’s insurance company. If they were distracted from the road or failed to indicate and hit your vehicle, you are not at fault. Motorway accidents often involve the attendance of police or highway patrol, as sections or lanes of the motorway may need to be closed off, and if someone driving without insurance hits your vehicle, you’ll need to report this to the police.
Accident Advice Helpline employs a team of personal injury compensation specialists with more than 13 years’ experience in the industry, so talk to us before you go ahead with any claim and we’ll be happy to offer you expert, confidential advice. Try the 30-second test on our website today to see how much you could claim, then give us a call on our freephone number – 0800 689 0500 – we’re open 24/7 and we offer a 100% no win no fee service; so if you do decide to claim you’ll keep more of the compensation you deserve.