The Cambridgeshire village of Barton is not the sort of area that you would normally think of when you are wondering about road traffic accidents. Yet accidents on country roads are all too common. There may be fewer collisions than in the cities – after all there are far fewer cars – but that does not mean that country roads are completely without hazards. An accident solicitor in Barton office has to deal with its fair share of accidents.
This is because some accidents are caused by someone other than you. People who have been injured in accidents caused by another person are entitled to try and claim compensation. If the other person was a motorist then that compensation will probably be paid out of a motor insurance policy. A leading law firm like Accident Advice Helpline will have several lawyers working on accident solicitor in Barton cases every year. They will help the residents of Barton claim the compensation that is rightfully theirs.
Accident solicitor in Barton – top tips for driving safely in the countryside
- In some areas, country roads are not very well maintained. Local Authority’s budgets have been slashed and this affects their ability to roll out comprehensive road maintenance schemes. As a result, there could be a lot of potholes. Potholes can puncture tyres and cause the car to swerve to the left or right. If at all possible it is best to drive around them but on bends you will have no choice but to drive through them.
- Some accident solicitor in Barton cases involve accidents on uneven roads. The problem with uneven roads is that standing water can accumulate and this is a real hazard for drivers. When a car travelling at speed hits standing water it can skid along the surface – this is called aquaplaning. One or more of the tyres has completely lost contact with the road surface. Controlling a car that is aquaplaning is extremely difficult and so it is advisable not to let it happen in the first place. Motorists should be on the lookout for standing water during wet conditions and drive at slower speeds.
- Accident solicitor in Barton cases can involve blind country bends. These should be taken slowly and you should be prepared for what you will meet on the other side of the bend! In the country this could be a tractor and trailer parked across the road or driving very slowly. It could also be livestock or even wildlife.
- Be aware of animals. They have a tendency to give the impression that they are going to stay on one side of the road and then dash across. If you break suddenly – you may miss the animal but will the car travelling behind miss you? Always proceed with caution – assuming that animals will stray onto the road. Allow plenty of space between you and the car in front in case they have to break suddenly.
- If you are injured in an accident on a country road that was not your fault then you should call Accident Advice Helpline – they will know what to do.
Date Published: 28th June 2013
Author: Sharon Parry