It’s a scary thought, but each and every time you step into your car or onto your bike, you are placing your health and wellbeing not only in your own hands, but also at the mercy of others. You can be as vigilant and safety conscious as possible, but all it takes is the negligence of one other road user to cause a road traffic accident.
Ominously for road users, last year saw the first rise in the number of accidents on the road for many years. Statistics from the Department for Transport (DfT) show that 1900 fatalities and 23,000 serious injuries occurred on the roads in 2011-2012.
Common road traffic accidents
Of these incidents, 106 deaths and 740 injuries were suffered on the motorways. The chief reason for the frequent number of car crashes and motorbike accidents on the motorway is simple – speed. The roads themselves are relatively straight but, with 49% of UK drivers admitting to a DfT survey that they break the 70 mph speed limit, when motorists get it wrong, the consequences can be disastrous.
Approximately half of all road fatalities occurred on Britain’s A roads. This is particularly alarming as these stretches of tarmac only account for around 10% of our road network. The problems are often caused by drivers mentally ‘switching off’ as they head along a road they drive almost every day and failing to react to the changing circumstances in time.
Urban areas also see a high number of traffic accidents due to the heady mix of cars, bikes and pedestrians. People often take unnecessary risks in an attempt to reach their destination quicker and end up suffering grave car crash injuries.
Potential claims in the image
Whatever else may happen as a consequence of this spectacular accident, the man is in for a serious rollicking when he eventually makes it to work and, judging by his expression and body language, he knows it.
Fortunately, it looks as though no other vehicles were involved so the only person who may have an accident injury claim is the driver himself.
- Assessing fault
The driver as a case for road accident compensation if his lorry was overloaded, insecurely stacked, or if some other form of negligence caused the accident.
- Claim potential
Unfortunately, he gives the air of a man who knows he’s at fault. His potential for a work accident claim, therefore, is somewhat limited.
Date Published: November 15, 2013
Author: David Brown