Driving can be dangerous at the best of times, but road safety is actually improving – in 2012, the number of deaths due to road traffic accidents dropped to 1,754, even as the number of cars on the road reached an all-time high. It’s thought that police, government-led strategies and new technological advances in cars are responsible.
Whilst we’re used to seeing new technology in our homes and at the office, it could now be coming to a car near you. The government and vehicle manufacturers are planning new ways to keep drivers safe on the road and in the US, the government recently announced that all new vehicles will be equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle technology, also known as V2V.
Cars equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle technology can communicate with other cars, thanks to a radio beacon that transmits information such as the car’s speed, heading and position. Information is also received from road signs and other vehicles. This combination of data together with sensors and cameras built into the vehicle enables the car to learn about the road. It’s thought that this could prevent up to 80% of accidents (excluding those related to mechanical problems or driving under the influence). This could see car accident compensation claim figures slashed.
Claiming compensation for road traffic accidents
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, it can be tempting to blame the other driver. But what if they really were responsible for your crash? If you have sustained injuries and were not at fault, you could be eligible to claim personal accident compensation. Contacting a personal injury lawyer should always be your first move and it’s best to do this as soon as possible after the accident. They will establish who is to blame and gather evidence in support of your claim, working to get you the compensation you deserve.
Choosing a reputable personal injury lawyer
When it comes to dealing with road traffic accident compensation claims, choose Accident Advice Helpline. Not only are we endorsed by our patron, TV personality Esther Rantzen (of That’s Life fame), we also have experience handling personal accident claims – we don’t deal with any other area of the law. So you know you can trust us to deal with your claim professionally and efficiently. If you have any questions, call our freephone helpline for confidential, no-obligation advice. Whether you have suffered minor injuries such as whiplash or have been left disabled after a car accident, we’re here to help.Open Claim Calculator