The society that we live in today has been described by some writers and commentators as car-centric. This basically means that our society and our lives revolve around the car. In other words, the car is at the centre of everything. Of course, the car is not the only form of motorised transport; there are vans, minibuses, coaches, motorcycles and heavy goods vehicles as well.
The car and society
The benefits to society of the motor car are obvious and well-known. People are becoming increasingly aware of the disadvantages as well and they include:
- Air pollution
- Noise pollution
- Lack of exercise
- Reduced fossil fuel availability
- Injuries and deaths in car accidents.
Injuries and deaths associated with car travel are particularly worrying for some people. Thousands are injured and killed in car accidents in the UK every year. Some accidents are your own fault: a lapse of concentration; an incorrect judgement of a distance; driving too fast. Other accidents are caused by other people and if we have been injured we are entitled to claim car accidents compensation.
Car accidents compensation – causes of accidents
There are many causes of car accidents and they do not operate in isolation. Often there are several factors working together. Some examples are:
- Road conditions
- Weather conditions
- Mechanical problems
- Driver error
Car accidents compensation – road conditions
Many accidents occur because one or more drivers have not taken account of the road conditions on which they are travelling. Accident Advice Helpline is a compensation provider who gives assistance to people who have been injured in accidents that were not their fault. Some of the people who contact them have been in accidents on country lanes with loose gravel surfaces. Some drivers fail to notice the change in road surface, drive too fast and are then surprised to find that the car skids on the loose gravel and does not stop as quickly as expected!
Car accidents compensation – weather conditions
Whilst it is true that companies like Accident Advice Helpline are contacted more frequently in the winter, it is not just snow and ice that make for difficult driving conditions. The glare from bright sun can also make seeing what is ahead of you very tricky. A good pair of sunglasses and a clean windscreen is essential.
Car accidents compensation– mechanical problems
Some mechanical problems just occur out of the blue and cannot be foreseen. However, others are directly related to how well maintained the car has been. Obvious example are brakes and tyres. These should be inspected regularly for signs of wear and replaced as necessary.
Car accidents compensation – driver error
There are at least 200 legal partners working with Accident Advice Helpline assisting clients to make claims for accidents that were caused by an error of judgement by another driver. Lapses of concentration, poor judgement, driving too fast and even road rage can all result in people getting hurt.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: 12th March 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Car accident claims