The driving theory test that all new drivers must take includes a hazard perception section which uses video clips to see how candidates will react to road hazards whilst driving. Now, the hazard perception test has won The Prince Michael International Road Safety Award due to the role it has played in reducing the number of accidents on the UK’s roads.
It is thought that the introduction of the test in 2002 has reduced accidents by 11%, therefore reducing the number of people seriously injured or killed on roads across the UK. Alastair People, Chief Executive of the DVSA, said, “I am extremely pleased that the hazard perception test and its contribution to road safety have been recognised in this way. The theory test plays a vital role in making sure that new drivers know the Highway Code and the rules of the road, helping them to drive safely and responsibly, and making our roads safer.”
For those who have been injured in an accident caused by hazards on the road, there may be the potential to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Has a hazard caused your accident?
Hazards on the road can take many shapes and forms, but here are a few examples of what could constitute a driving hazard
- A pedestrian stepping out into the road without looking first
- A wheelie bin, boxes or other objects obstructing the road
- Plastic sheeting blowing onto the car windscreen
- Cars stopping suddenly causing an accident
- Parking in a no-parking zone which then leads to an accident
For most drivers, awareness of hazards is something which comes with experience, but if a driver is distracted by music or their mobile phone, they may fail to react to a hazard in time, which could cause an accident. If you’ve been injured in an accident, you may be eligible to claim compensation.
How to make a claim
The claims process doesn’t have to be complicated, and Accident Advice Helpline aims to make it as stress-free an experience as possible. Most claims can be processed in full over the phone, so it is unlikely you’ll need to attend court, and all our professional personal injury lawyers work on a 100% ‘no win, no fee*’ basis, so there are no upfront fees to worry about. It’s easy to find out right now how much you could claim for your injuries; just take the 30-second test on our website, then call our freephone helpline for confidential, no-obligation advice. Call us now, free, on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.