With twenty nine million cars now using British roads – this number does not include other registered vehicles such as lorries or tourist vehicles from abroad – it is hardly a surprise that motorway accidents are very common. Fortunately, not all of them cause injury and only a small percentage are fatal, despite the high prevailing speeds. There are some drivers who avoid motorway driving altogether, but with a little care you can keep yourself and others safe when driving on the motorway.
Tiredness Whilst Driving Causes Most Motorway Accidents
A large proportion of motorway accidents are caused when a driver falls asleep at the wheel or loses concentration through tiredness. Being hungry or thirsty can also make you drowsy, so keeping a drink to hand is a good idea but not when driving alone – the benefits of good hydration are more than offset by the dangers of managing a drink container when driving. Taking frequent breaks is the watchword of safe motorway driving. Here at Accident Advice Helpline we often hear from people involved in an accident caused by a driver who fell asleep, often with catastrophic results. Anyone injured by such an incident would have a good case to recover personal injury compensation.
Driving very closely behind someone else is now illegal and carries a spot fine penalty, but as it will be difficult to police to penalise, it is likely to remain a common cause of motorway accidents. Whilst in an urban street the resultant shunt is likely to cause whiplash, at motorway speeds the results can be far more serious. If you feel you deserve personal accident compensation after an accident on the motorway, call a member of our legal advice team on our Freephone helpline. As our patron Esther Rantzen says, ‘Take my advice, you can trust AAH to take care of you.’
Statistics show that accidents usually happen on the opposite carriageway to an existing incident as drivers ‘rubberneck’ to see what has happened. This is only human nature, but the results can be serious. The most common accident type caused by this behaviour is a shunt, with sideswiping coming a close second. Both can cause serious injuries; if you call Accident Advice Helpline you won’t have to worry about making a court appearance as these are not usually necessary, with most cases being settled entirely on the telephone in conversations with our experienced lawyers.