Traffic accidents – how to drive safely

Traffic accidents are an inevitable side effect of being able to move quickly from A to B. As soon as a car, lorry or any other vehicle is moving, there is a risk that an accident might happen and these risks increase exponentially as soon as speed increases. Other external factors also have an effect, such as visibility, wet, ice or driver inattention or inexperience. Some accidents are just that and no fault can be established, but if you have experienced an injury in any traffic accidents that are not your fault, the legal experts at Accident Advice Helpline can help you to claim personal injury compensation to help you deal with the aftermath.

You can help prevent traffic accidents

Your driving style can have a big influence on how safely you drive. You can never allow for the stupidity of other road users, it is true, but if a majority drove more carefully, they would be more aware of bad driving and could take steps to avoid getting involved. The first piece of good driving advice therefore, is take notice of other drivers. Always be aware of what they are doing and take what steps you can to stay out of trouble. Keeping a good distance between you and other drivers is always good practice and in fact ‘tailgating’ is now subject to spot fining, so avoiding it can save you some money as well!

Obey the rules of the road

It may seem obvious to say that obeying the Highway Code can reduce the incidence of traffic accidents but it is extraordinary how few people actually do this. At Accident Advice Helpline we often hear of accidents caused by people pulling out at junctions, using their mobile phones when driving and also not using the ‘mirror, signal, manoeuvre’ technique. Sometimes, as soon as the test is passed all the good habits are forgotten. If you make sure that you drive well and you are unfortunately in an accident, you will have a very good case for claiming personal injury compensation, because the fault will lie with the other driver. Of course, if everyone took steps to drive according to the law, then accident rates would plummet, to the good of everyone, but there will always be the thoughtless person who expects everyone to get out of their way. Refusing to allow bad habits to creep into your driving means that you are doing your bit to make the roads safer.

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