A new survey conducted by road safety charity Brake has shown that 33% of drivers admit to speeding on country roads. As a result, drivers are being encouraged to slow down on country roads as the survey also showed that 37% of drivers have had a near miss while walking, driving or cycling. The survey also found that one in five drivers have broken speed limits on country roads over the last year, and three in 20 drivers admit to taking corners too fast in rural areas. One in 20 admits overtaking even though it is not deemed safe to do so.
However, road users are more likely to be killed on country roads than in urban areas and, in 2013, 895 fatalities occurred in rural roads. This is a 1% increase on 2012 figures and 6,554 people were also seriously injured in accidents on rural roads. Passengers, motorcyclists and cyclists are twice as likely to suffer a serious injury or fatality on a country road than any other road user therefore it is important that all country road users are vigilant to avoid hurting anyone else.
Avoiding road traffic accidents
The best way to lower the risk of injury on the road is to work on preventing accidents altogether. Speeding on country roads is particularly risky as there is very little lighting, various sharp bends and animals may be found more frequently on smaller roads near woodland. Speeding on a country road could cause a head-on collision or you may go off-road if weather conditions are unfavourable. The worst thing that could happen is you may damage your vehicle but you may also suffer an injury yourself or cause a serious injury to someone else. If you have been vigilant on the road and suffered an accident because someone else was careless, you may be able to claim for compensation.
Claiming road traffic accident compensation
You may make a compensation claim if you are a driver, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian who has been involved in a road accident that is not your fault. If there is evidence that someone else caused a crash or an accident, and you were injured, you may be able to win a cash payout to help you cope financially with any injuries sustained. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to an expert regarding your claim or take our quick online 30-second test to determine how successful your claim is likely to be.