Six people are injured on Harborough roads every week according to the latest police figures, sparking concern that the large number of rural roads could be contributing to the problem. There have been almost 1,500 casualties on the district’s roads in the last five years, which amounts to approximately 300 annually and six per week.
It has also been shown in the latest Department of Transport figures that British people are 11 times more likely to die in a rural road accident than on a motorway. Despite this, many drivers often perceive motorways as the most hazardous place to drive. In Harborough, there are more than 650 miles of rural roads prompting two campaigns to be launched this month to prevent the crashes in the district.
The national Country Roads campaign is aimed at promoting awareness of the dangers of driving on rural roads. This campaign encourages drivers to anticipate hazards, drive at a safe speed and to brake before a bend not on it. It is also aimed at reminding drivers to give horses and cyclists plenty of space on the road.
The second campaign, Fatal4, focuses on the main hazards of driving which are not wearing a seatbelt, using mobile phones, speeding and driving while under the influence of drink or drugs. The Harborough district manager for Leicestershire Fire and rescue Service Sanjay Bulsara has stated that the aim of both campaigns is to get all drivers thinking while on the road in the hope that the number of accidents can be reduced.
Preventing accidents on rural roads
Simply thinking and staying aware of the road ahead can help you to anticipate potential hazards and can prevent an accident. Similarly, keeping to a reasonable speed will help you to stop if an animal runs onto the road or there are pedestrians walking nearby. There may also be cyclists or horses therefore it pays to know how to drive sensibly in these situations. If you have been injured on Harbourough roads, you may be entitled to compensation if the accident was the fault of someone else.
Making your claim
Contact Accident Advice Helpline if you have been involved in a road traffic accident that was someone else’s fault. If you have sustained injuries, you may be entitled to compensation which our expert team can help you to claim. Call us free on our 24-hour helpline for no-obligation advice regarding your compensation claim.
Source: Harborough Mail