Every time you head out in a car, on a motorbike or on a bicycle, you are not only dependent on your own vigilance and ability for your safety, but the competence and awareness of others.
Road traffic accidents occur every single day. Their consequences and subsequent traffic accident injuries can range from the mildly irritating to the seriously debilitating and, at worst, can be fatal.
Where am I most likely to suffer a car accident?
While the threat of a car crash or motorcycle accident, no matter how small, is present on every road, there are, of course, areas where extra precautions need to be taken.
North Yungas Road – Bolivia
Never mind extra care, this perilous stretch of road needs to be avoided altogether. By far the most dangerous line of tarmac anywhere in the world, it’s little surprise to learn it is almost universally nicknamed ‘Death Road’
Extremely narrow passages and absurdly tight hairpin bends wind around the mountains between La Paz and Crook. Below looms a descent of 3,600m and certain death.
Accidents on the road here are almost always fatal and ‘Death Road’ claims over 100 lives each year.
Guoliang Tunnel Road – China
Built by local villagers over the course of five years, this 1200 meter stretch in the Taihang mountains is just five meters high and four meters wide.
With scarcely any room to pass, car crashes and traffic accidents are numerous.
Trollstigen – Norway
Translated as The Troll Ladder, this mountain road in Rauma presents motorists with a daunting challenge followed by a breathtaking reward.
Eleven hairpin bends climb the mountain at an incline of nine per cent, and will test the nerve of even the most confident driver.
Vehicles longer than 12.4 meters are prohibited from using the road to keep traffic accidents down but the sharp bends and challenging environment mean car crashes are still common.
At the top, drivers can park up and take the short walk to the viewing balcony to enjoy a stunning lookout over what they have just conquered.
Claiming road traffic accident compensation
It’s important to remember that if you were involved in an incident on the road and it wasn’t your fault, that you might well be due some traffic accident compensation.
As a law firm with over fourteen years’ experience in these types of claims, Accident Advice Helpline have all the skill and expertise necessary to make sure your claim is a successful one.
Date Published: October 5, 2013
Author: David Brown