Road accidents: we all worry about them. But how worried should we be? At Accident Advice Helpline, we take on a lot of claims every year on behalf of victims of accidents that happened on the road, and which caused them injury.
We’re always pleased to help these claimants by assigning an accident lawyer in Tyne and Wear, from our team of no win no fee solicitors, to work on their case.
But we also receive a lot of questions from people. Here are two frequent ones:
- What are the statistics on road traffic accidents in the UK?
- What can I do to avoid being the cause of an accident myself in future?
Below, we give some answers to these questions – but first, allow us to give you some information about making a claim.
Contacting an accident lawyer in Tyne and Wear
The first thing you need to do is to make a phone call or send a text message. Here are the contact details:
- Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline
- Dial 0333 500 0993 from a mobile
- Text “claim365” to 88010 (and someone will call you back)
When you call, you will speak to an adviser. They will take your details, in strict confidence, and guide you through the process. They’re professional and friendly – they will really put you at ease, which is very important, especially when you’ve had an accident.
If you’re eligible to claim, they will pass your details to an accident lawyer in Tyne and Wear. Your lawyer will get to work on your case as soon as they can. You probably won’t have to go to court, although you will need to attend an additional medical assessment.
If you win your case, you’ll get a payout. This will comprise a sum of money for the accident and injury, plus a sum for any expenses you have incurred as a result. The rest of your recovery won’t be marred by financial worries.
Road traffic accidents: the statistics
In 2012, there were just under 196,000 reported road casualties, according to RoSPA. These were made up of:
- 1754 deaths
- Over 23,000 serious injury cases
- Over 170,000 cases of slight injury
Note that these are the reported figures. It’s likely that there will be some people who don’t go to hospital because of their injuries – although they really should, of course. There could be an undetected problem, so if you’re injured on the road, go to your GP at least.
How to prevent an accident
Of course, if your accident wasn’t your fault, there’s nothing you could have done to prevent it. But you can reduce your risk of being the cause of an accident in future:
- Don’t drive too fast for the road conditions (and don’t exceed the speed limit)
- Don’t drink and drive
- Wear your seat belt
- Don’t drive aggressively
- Leave plenty of time to reach your destination so you don’t rush and make any costly mistakes
These tips will help you and your fellow road users – and if you need our help, please call our hotline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for an accident lawyer in Tyne and Wear.
Date Published: 30th November 2014
Author: David Brown