St Andrews is located on the east coast of Scotland and enjoys a relatively mild climate. Those who work or live in, or simply visit St Andrews, can expect a temperate marine climate with higher temperatures than one would normally expect this far north. However, St Andrews can experience very high winds and gales and these can be hazardous especially for drivers in the area. The injury claims solicitors St Andrews team at the law firm Accident Advice Helpline deal with many claims each year where wind is a factor.
You are able to make an injury claim if you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault and it can be shown to be someone else’s fault. You then make a claim for compensation against that person. Many claims are paid out of an insurance policy. There are some basic precautions that we can all take to reduce the hazard of wind and so reduce the likelihood of the injury claims solicitors St Andrews office having to deal with a claim on our behalf. These are explained in more detail here.
Injury claims solicitors St Andrews office – five top tips for driving in high wind
- If winds are very high and a severe weather warning for the St Andrews area has been issued consider whether your journey is absolutely necessary. This is especially important if you are driving a high-sided vehicle. Could you delay your journey for a few hours until the wind had died down?
- Choose your route carefully. Some routes are more sheltered than others. Also, some routes travel through wooded areas where there is a high risk of falling trees. Select the safest route for your journey that you can.
- This may seem obvious but you need to concentrate on your driving very hard. Winds can be gusty and unpredictable so keep both hands firmly on the steering wheel in case you are taken by surprise. Gusting is particularly likely to happen if you are driving past a tall building or overtaking a high sided vehicle. The injury claims solicitors St Andrews office deals with many accidents where drivers have been taken by surprise by gusts of wind.
- Remember that other road users may get blown into your path. Motorcyclists, cyclists and high-sided vehicles such as lorries and buses can easily catch the wind and get blown in front of your vehicle. For this reason, give them more room than in normal driving conditions.
- Use the environment around you to gauge the strength of the wind. Trees and bushes are the obvious indicator – their branches will indicate how strong the wind is and in what direction it is blowing. If you look at the trees well ahead of you it is possible to predict what conditions are like up ahead without taking your eyes off the road for very long.
If you are injured call Accident Advice Helpline on their freephone numbers 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 24th May 2013
Author: David Brown