Drivers are using rural roads as their own personal racetracks according to new information from road safety charity Brake. According to their survey of 1,000 motorists, 80% believed that traffic is travelling too fast on country roads and is increasing the risk of accidents. The survey also showed that 5% of motorists admitted to overtaking on a rural road when it was not safe to do so, and 19% of those questioned admitted to breaking the speed limit at least once this year. In addition, 15% admitted to driving too quickly around corners on the road.
Many drivers also owned up that they practised unsafe driving as there were no speed cameras around meaning there was less chance of being caught. Drivers also admitted they felt safer as there is less traffic on rural roads. However, vulnerable road users often use these roads and are likely to be seriously hurt if involved in a crash or a road accident. Cyclists and pedestrians out walking in country areas can be more vulnerable if there are unsafe drivers on the road. Many people living in rural areas express their concern about unsafe driving practices which can put them at risk.
Hazards on rural roads
Driving on country roads can carry their own risks, particularly when people are not educated on the potential hazards. It is important to be aware that animals may wander onto the road in rural areas therefore keeping to the speed limit is essential if you want to be able to stop quickly and avoid swerving, causing injury to yourself or another person. There is also an abundance of bends and these roads are not always particularly well lit, so driving carefully is essential to avoid causing an accident. However, as demonstrated by the survey, some people are not as safe when travelling in rural areas as they should be. If you have been involved in an accident that was someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Filing a road traffic accident claim
Accident Advice Helpline is available to call 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 if you need assistance on deciding to make a claim. Provided there is evidence someone else was at fault for a road traffic accident you have been involved in and you have sustained injuries, either physical or mental, then we may be able to win you a cash payout. Call to speak with our expert team or contact us via our online form. We offer no-obligation advice and our no win, no fee policy means that you can only benefit from making your claim with our team.
Date Published: August 21, 2014
Author: David Brown