A number of the car accident claims in Coatbridge that we here at Accident Advice Helpline help our clients to launch are for injuries they’ve suffered in accidents caused by drivers who were speeding. Although a lot of people tend to think that this is a major cause of accidents, it actually only accounts for approximately 3% of all RTA’s. However, when you consider that the total number of injuries per annum is 183,670, 3% of this amounts to over 5,500 injuries. That’s an awful lot of injuries.
The difference that 5 mph can make
It’s actually not only high-speed, speeding that causes the majority of speed related accidents. It’s exceeding 30 and 40 miles an hour speed limits that are prevalent in built-up areas. If, for example, a car is travelling at 30 mph and a pedestrian walks into the road in front of an oncoming car, if the driver reacts quickly, he/she will have just enough time to stop before hitting a pedestrian.
When you increase the car speed by a mere 5 mph to 35 mph, even though the driver reacts quickly, the car will still be doing 18 mph when it hits the pedestrian. Hitting a person at this sort of speed can serious injury and can even prove fatal.
Try the 3 second test
Driving at a safe speed, no matter what the speed limit, can actually be determined by something called the 3 second test when you’re in traffic. Pick out an object by the roadside; a sign, a lamppost or a tree. When the car in front of you passes the object you’ve chosen, you shouldn’t drive past that same object until 3 seconds later. This is a “rule of thumb” exercise that gives you the safe braking distance.
Establishing how much compensation is due for car accident claims in Coatbridge
Depending on the nature of the car accident claims in Coatbridge, we’re talking about, the nature and severity of the injuries that are sustained will vary widely, as will the amount of compensation that innocent victims, (if you are to blame, you have no claim), are entitled to. To find out how much compensation you could be awarded, use the HOW MUCH compensation calculator that can be found on Accident Advice Helpline’s website. It will take but 30 seconds of your time on average.
Accident Advice Helpline
Like most of the leading compensation claim solicitors here in UK, we here at Accident Advice Helpline process all claims on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. What is unique about us, however, is the superb customer support we provide, and the great recommendation we get from the well-known people’s consumer champion Esther Rantzen.
Accessing Accident Advice Helpline
We also operate a toll-free helpline you can use to chat to one of our experienced advisers. If you’re using a landline, you can access this helpline on 0800 689 0500. If you’re using a mobile it’s best to call 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 16th November 2014