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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

    Survivor guide: The motorway hard shoulder


    We would all like to think that we are aware what can cause a road traffic accident. Despite this, many of us do make choices while on the road that can jeopardise our own safety as well as that of our passengers and other travellers on the road.

    In some cases there are simple problems such as allowing ourselves to become distracted with the radio, our presentation in the mirror or food, but in other instances, staying safe and avoiding road collisions requires less personal discipline and more of an academic awareness of how the roads work.

    How to negotiate the motorway hard shoulder

    All drivers should know that the hard shoulder is used in the case of emergencies; however, how to negotiate the motorway hard shoulder may be a technique motorists are unfamiliar with or unsure in executing.

    According to section 276 of the Highway Code, if a driver is attempting to leave the hard shoulder and re-join the carriageway following an incident, they should ‘build up speed on the hard shoulder and watch for a safe gap in the traffic.’

    The clause also warns drivers to be aware of any stationary traffic already using the hard shoulder.

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    Likewise, when leaving the carriageway in the case of a breakdown or road-related incident, the driver should use his or her hazard lights and pull towards the hard shoulder when safe to do so.

    As recommended in section 277, no attempt should be made to place hazard signs on the carriageway and the driver should only leave their vehicle when they are completely clear of the carriageway and when it is safe to do so.

    How to claim for road-related accidents

    If you have been in a road-related accident through the fault of another driver, it may be worth investigating if you are eligible for road accident compensation.

    The easiest way to establish if you have a valid case is to speak with a law firm. Accident Advice Helpline is a legal firm with 13 years’ experience in dealing with road-related personal injury claims.

    Their online compensation calculator takes just 30 seconds to complete and provides their team of experts with sufficient information to determine if your individual claim is likely to be successful if progressed. Alternatively, to discuss your claim with a member of Accident Advice Helpline’s expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.

    Accident Advice Helpline offers victims of road-related injury a no win, no fee legal service, meaning that you can recuperate at home in the knowledge that you will not have to pay a penny unless your case is successful.

    Date Published: February 8, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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