We all know that motorways are the fastest and most convenient roads for travelling long distances. However, motorways can also be the most dangerous roads to travel on. While motorway accidents are no more common than accidents on other roads, when they do occur, they can result in extremely serious injuries and loss of life. Furthermore, motorway accidents are more likely to involve multiple vehicles, which means anybody that travels on the motorway should be aware of the dangers and ensure they are driving as safely as possible.
The danger of driving on a motorway is the increased speed compared to regular roads. At 70 mph, you have far less time to react if something untoward happens in front of you. It takes much longer to stop at this speed compared to driving at 30-40 mph and your reactions have to be much sharper. In addition, some people exceed the speed limit on the motorway, which is not only illegal, but also means the time it takes to stop and the need for quicker reactions is even more exaggerated. This is why it is important to drive within the speed limits on any motorway.
A big danger created by this heightened speed on the motorway is the effect this has on any impact. Most injuries occur in a traffic accident through the sudden deceleration of hitting another vehicle or object and the faster you go, the more severe this deceleration force. This is why injuries following motorway accidents are often far more severe than injuries following collisions on regular roads. In addition, because this speed makes braking and reacting much more difficult, when motorway accidents do occur, they often involve multiple vehicles, because those travelling behind often don’t have time to stop or react. It is not uncommon for several vehicles to slam into a car, van or truck once it has been involved in an accident and these impacts can all cause serious injuries, so even if a driver is unhurt following the initial crash, they may become injured following the impact of these other vehicles.
Motorway accidents can cause some extremely serious and life-changing injuries, which is why many people that have experienced a crash on a motorway contact Accident Advice Helpline. Our team of specialist advisors can assist people in making claims for damages and compensation, which is not always easy, as motorway accidents often involve multiple drivers and thus multiple insurance companies.