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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Worst hard shoulder excuses: Motorist is running late and needs to evade traffic

    The law says hard shoulders on motorways should not be driven or stopped on unless: There is an emergency (like a car breaking down) or The ‘lane’ is opened to traffic (usually by a speed limit above it) to reduce congestion during peak traffic times Stopping or driving on hard shoulders at any other time….

    Worst hard shoulder excuses: Couple stops to take a motorway photograph!

    A road traffic accident can happen to any of us, even the most careful of drivers. No matter how vigilant you are on the roads, this can always be offset by a third-party driver who simply isn’t as cautious as you are, and as such road-related accidents occur. If you hold a driving licence, you….

    Worst hard shoulder excuses: Motorist stops to pick roadside flowers!

    When you choose to drive a car or any other road vehicle, you do so aware of the risks of experiencing a road traffic accident. This awareness should encourage you to apply caution when you are using your vehicle, so you do all you can to minimise the risk of a road-related accident. Unfortunately, The….

    Worst hard shoulder excuses: Mobile phone operator stops to carry out signal tests

    When we take to the roads, we are always at risk of experiencing a road traffic accident. Laws are put in place to provide straightforward rules as to how to use roads and motorways to prevent these car collisions from occurring. When we choose to ignore these rules, we increase the chance of drivers experiencing….

    Worst hard shoulder excuses: Taxi drivers on airport run stop for their customers

    When we choose to use road travel, there is always a risk of experiencing a road traffic accident. Despite the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) stating that ‘Great Britain has one of the best road safety records in Europe and the world’, each year, thousands of vehicles are involved in road collisions….

    Worst hard shoulder excuses: Group of bikers convene for a chinwag

    All licence holders should be aware of the basic rules and regulations regarding the road. Everyone who takes to the road is subsequently at risk of experiencing a road traffic accident, but driving legally minimises this risk and makes travelling much safer. Ridiculous reasons for hard shoulder stops Stopping on the hard shoulder, unless there….

    Worst hard shoulder excuses: Motorist calls for quotes as insurance is up

    Whenever we travel, we put ourselves at risk of experiencing a road traffic accident. Whether due to careless driving, human error or an untimely lapse in concentration, accidents on the road are a real danger that all drivers face every time they take to the roads. With this in mind, it is essential that drivers….

    Worst hard shoulder excuses: Two motorists pull over to negotiate a car sale!

    All drivers should be aware of the dangers of the road. While it is essential that you drive with caution and awareness of other drivers, there is always a chance that a road traffic accident will occur. Sadly, not all drivers are careful, or ‘switched on’, when using the roads and ignorance towards key laws….

    Worst hard shoulder excuses: Motorist stops to read a map

    Driving on motorways can be daunting for drivers. High speeds and long, tiring roads can lead a road traffic accident. Following the laws surrounding hard shoulder use can significantly minimise the risk of you experiencing an accident on the motorway. Motorway accidents: The worst hard shoulder excuses In their report earlier this year, 2014, the….

    Worst hard shoulder excuses: Motorist was tired and felt the need to sleep

    A road traffic accident can happen to the most careful of drivers. No matter how vigilant you are on the roads, this can always be counteracted by a driver who simply isn’t as attentive as you. While road accidents do happen, sometimes due to human error, it seems from a recent report released by The….

    Most common speeding excuses: “I needed to get to the bathroom”

    It is October 1999 and then Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is up in court facing a charge of illegal driving having been stopped by officers on the hard shoulder of the M602 in Eccles, Greater Manchester. Sir Alex gave full disclosure for the reasons behind his actions, telling the court he was frantically….

    Most common speeding excuses: “I’m running late for a funeral”

    The day of a funeral can be an emotional and difficult time, but is being in an emotional state an acceptable excuse for speeding and potentially causing an accident on the road? You would think the answer is no, and you are right. However, that doesn’t stop some people chancing their arm after being pulled….

    Most common speeding excuses: “I didn’t know the speed limit”

    One of the most common excuses when being caught speeding is a claim of ignorance. It can probably be safely said that if police officers were given just 50 pence for every time they have heard the words ‘I didn’t know the speed limit’, most of them would by now be retiring in luxury in….

    Most common speeding excuses: “I’m late for work”

    One of the most common excuses for speeding is the statement ‘I’m late for work’. While this may seem fair enough to some, in the eyes of the law it is not a valid excuse by any means. The simple answer to prevent ‘having to’ speed in order to get to work on time is….

    Most common speeding excuses: “I had to rush to hospital”

    Speeding is one of the most dangerous things a motorist can do. Not only does it dramatically increase the likelihood of an accident on the road occurring, it also means that, given the rapidity with which the car is moving, the consequences of any collisions with other vehicles is likely to be a whole lot….

    Most common speeding excuses: “I was only going 5mph over”

    Speed limits are in place for a reason. Speed limits indicate the safest maximum speed to travel on a particular stretch of road. Flouting a speed limit can have disastrous, even fatal consequences. Many motorists when caught, use a number of excuses to try and explain their reckless behaviour. One of the most common excuses….

    Most common speeding excuses: “I’m running late for a date”

    If someone is pulled over for speeding, rather than saying, “Sorry officer, I was speeding,” they always come up with all kinds of excuses why it was important for them to speed which could potentially cause a car crash. What types of excuses are used for an accident which could cause a car collision? Some….

    Most common speeding excuses: “I had to speed to get in front of a slow moving car”

    Minor road traffic accidents happen every single day and something that causes a plethora of these minor road accidents is speeding. Anyone caught speeding and exceeding the speed limit will be fined or prosecuted as, under all circumstances, speed limits should be respected and abided by, but that doesn’t stop many using excuses in order….

    Most common speeding excuses: “I’m running out of fuel”

    Drivers caught speeding or involved in road accidents as a result of excessive speeds often come up with the most weird and wonderful excuses for not sticking to relevant speed limits. Common excuses for speeding Apparently, one of the most common ‘reasons’ given for speeding is running out of or being low on fuel. As it….

    Most common seatbelt excuses: “I forgot”

    You would think that fastening a seatbelt when getting into a car would be common practice by everyone in this day and age, but sadly, every year many road traffic accidents happen because seatbelts were not in use. Every year, the police, victims of road accidents, and court rooms alike listen to the excuses of….

    Most common seatbelt excuses: “I have a medical condition anyway”

    Car accidents happen all the time. Many are just minor ones that do not involve a hospital visit or even medical attention. However, if you are involved in a car accident and you are not wearing a seat belt you are much more likely to sustain severe driver injuries as there is nothing there to….

    Most common seatbelt excuses: “I can’t look over my shoulder comfortably”

    Seatbelts are designed to save lives, we can all be sure of that. However, some people choose not to wear a seatbelt and have many varied excuses. Some people may be legitimately exempt for medical reasons and others are required not to wear a seatbelt as part of their job, for example police officers. However….

    Most common seatbelt excuses: “”Nobody tells me what to do in my car””

    There are thousands of car accidents every year on the roads of the United Kingdom, some areas are seemingly more prone to them than others. These accidents can be caused by blind junctions, dangerous driving, car faults or simply missing a hazard on the road in difficult circumstances, to name but a few reasons. No….

    Most common seatbelt excuses: “I feel too restrained”

    One of the most common excuses individuals make for not wearing seatbelts is that wearing them makes them feel ‘too restrained’. Considering the fact that restraining drivers and passengers is the sole purpose of seatbelts, this is a rather lame excuse, especially when also considering the potential consequences of not wearing them. Seatbelts and the….

    Most common seatbelt excuses: “I’m too big and it doesn’’t fit”

    When someone is pulled over by the police there are so many different excuses people use as to why they aren’’t wearing it including only travelling a short distance and being a skilled driver so not needing it. One common excuse people sometimes try to get away with is – “I’’m too big and it….

    Most common seatbelt excuses: “”It irritates the skin on my body”

    In the UK it is a legal requirement to wear a seatbelt at all times if you are driving a car or you are a passenger. Seatbelts are designed to reduce the severity of injuries and save lives in the event of a road traffic accident. Preventing car crash injuries: Why is it so important….

    10 funny excuses given for car accidents

    Car crashes and other collisions on the road are, of course, no laughing matter. The aftermath of a serious traffic accident can be both painful and traumatic. However, some light relief can often be found in the weird and wonderful excuses given for such incidents. Here are 10 of the best funny excuses that win….

    The most common car accident excuses: ““I didn’t realise how fast I was going”

    Unfortunately for some reckless drivers, ignorance is no excuse for breaking the law. Speed limits are put in place for a very good reason: to prevent people from being injured in a road traffic accident. Just because a driver doesn’’t know how fast they were going, it doesn’’t mean they aren’’t at fault. If you’’ve….

    Most common seatbelt excuses: “I have an airbag anyway”

    One of the most common excuses drivers give for not wearing seatbelts is that they have an airbag. Few of these drivers, however, realise that airbags, in spite of undoubtedly preventing injuries and saving lives in serious motoring accidents, are sometimes also the cause of accidental injuries. Road traffic accidents and airbags Consisting of light….

    Most common seatbelt excuses: “I’m only going down the road”

    Wearing your seatbelt is an imperative part of road safety and cannot be understated. Car manufacturers have been obligated to include seatbelts since 1965, however the law which required drivers to wear them didn’t come into effect until 1983, some 18 years later. It is estimated by the Road Safety Authority that seatbelts have saved….

    Most common seat belt excuses: “The strap is uncomfortable”

    Drivers/passengers often come up with wonderful excuses for not wearing seat belts. Here are some of them: It is uncomfortable. It irritates my skin. It wrinkles my clothes. It does not fit, I am too big. A little discomfort or wrinkled clothes are somewhat minor issues in comparison to the potential injuries by road accident….

    Most common car accident excuses: “They just ran out on me”

    Car accidents are one of the biggest causes of personal injuries in the United Kingdom today. The sad and somewhat troubling fact is that, no matter how careful and vigilant a motorist you are yourself, every time you venture out onto the road, your safety is also dependant on the awareness and abilities of other….

    Most common car accident excuses: ‘I couldn’t react quickly enough’

    In 2012, there were more than 195,000 road traffic accidents in the UK. If you’ve been injured in a collision on the roads and you were not to blame, call Accident Advice Line for expert advice about claiming compensation. What causes accidents on the road? According to the Institute of Advanced Motorists, the vast majority….

    Most common car accident excuses: “I only had one drink”

    Car accidents happen all the time. All you need to do is turn on the radio and listen to the traffic news to hear about the recent accidents near you. However, many of these road traffic accidents could have been prevented by the drivers. What are the most common excuses in a road traffic accident?….

    Most common car accident excuses: “I didn’t see the other car coming”

    A road traffic accident can be extremely unsettling and can lead to a wide scope of road-related injuries. Victims are often left feeling nervous about taking to the road again and somewhat upset that they have suffered a car accident injury despite their careful driving. When a car collision occurs, excuses such as “I didn’t….

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