If you know anything at all about Essex, you will probably already have heard of Epping Forest. It takes its name from the nearby town of Epping, and it straddles the border that divides Greater London with Essex itself. The forest covers over 6,000 acres and its size means there are a number of roads that cross through it en route to other destinations. Despite this, the number of Epping Forest road traffic accidents that occur are very small in number.
The forest is very narrow in places but it is quite long, running from north to south across that border as mentioned above. Many people use the forest, including walkers and cyclists and horse riders. Since there are roads nearby that cut through the trees, it is vital that everyone pays extra attention to anyone who might be crossing the roads.
How safe is it to use the roads through the forest?
It is very safe, thankfully, and this is generally the case for all forests, regardless of where they might be. There are miles of pathways through most forests, winding their way through the trees and foliage and occasionally coming close to a road or crossing it to reach another section of the forest.
If you are driving on a forest road, it makes sense to watch out for people who might suddenly appear. This is particularly true if you realise they are trying to cross the road. You may not easily see them because the road you are on could twist and turn through the trees. This makes it all the more important to stay within the speed limit.
Have you been hurt because someone else was negligent?
This kind of incident can happen in a variety of ways, not just when driving or walking through a forest somewhere in the country. While Epping Forest road traffic accidents are rare, it doesn’t mean you won’t be the unlucky person who ends up being hurt in a situation such as this.
So with that in mind, remember you can always call 0800 689 0500 and have a chat with someone at Accident Advice Helpline. Even if your accident was a while back, we may still be able to help if it was within the last three years. We’re here when you need us, and we’ll consider the nature of your claim when you call.
Date Published: 26th August 2014
Author: David Brown