We all know that Christmas can be a dangerous time of year out and about on the roads, whether you are driving, travelling as a passenger in someone else’s vehicle or even cycling or walking to your destination. Weather such as ice and snow can cause conditions to become hazardous, but there are a number of steps you can take to protect yourself and stay safe on the roads this year.
Drive with care
It’s important to drive cautiously during wintry weather – make sure you take your time and leave extra room between your car and the vehicle in front. When conditions are icy, you should accelerate slowly and gently, sticking to a low gear, and never brake sharply, as this could cause your car to skid. Always give way to pedestrians at crossings, and be extra aware of cyclists or motorcyclists who may come up alongside your vehicle; make sure you give them extra room.
Risks on the road at Christmas
Of course, Christmas is a time for festivities, so it’s a sad fact that more drink driving related accidents happen at this time of year than at any other time. Make sure you don’t drive if you have consumed alcohol, and try to avoid driving late at night, when you are tired. Be especially cautious crossing roads and always use pedestrian crossings, particularly in busy areas. If you are struck by a vehicle whilst crossing the road or involved in a road traffic accident that isn’t your fault, you could claim for personal injury compensation.
Claiming for compensation
If you think you may have a viable claim for compensation, your first step should be to ring Accident Advice Helpline. We can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether your claim is viable, and our friendly, helpful team of personal injury compensation specialists are waiting to take your call. Our freephone helpline is open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500, and you can ring for a no-obligation chat at any time.
We know that Christmas is an expensive time of year for everyone, but you don’t need to worry about the cost of your claim as we offer a 100% no win, no fee service, so you don’t pay a penny unless your claim is successful. Because we’re accredited by professional bodies such as the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), you know you can trust us to handle every aspect of your claim professionally from start to finish, getting you the compensation you rightfully deserve.