Road accident cases are not an inevitable part of modern life. You may be starting a road accident case with an injury lawyer in Severn Beach yourself because you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault. You may think that it is just one of those things and it could not have been prevented, but this is very rarely the case.
The fact that you are starting a case with an injury lawyer in Severn Beach at all means that there was someone to blame for the accident – this is the person from whom your Accident Advice Helpline personal injury lawyers will be claiming your compensation. As part of the process of determining blame for the accident, your personal injury lawyer will be examining what could have been done to prevent the accident or what was done that caused the accident.
The chief causes of road traffic accidents are:
- Excessive use of speed;
- Alcohol or drugs;
- Poor observation;
- Driving too close to the vehicle in front;
- Fatigue; and
There are also plenty of things that can be done to prevent road traffic accidents.
Preventing road traffic accidents
Careful observation is often the key to preventing accidents. Good drivers are always observant and this includes using their mirrors correctly. Particular care is needed at junctions. Accidents are much less likely to happen if drivers are alert and calm. If the driver is focusing on something else such as a phone call or conversation within the car, they are not really alert to what is going on in the road ahead. Similarly, if drivers are stressed and irate, their judgment can be impaired and they will make bad decisions. They may pull out at junctions without looking properly or overtake when it is not safe to do so.
If drivers do not give appropriate signals, then other road users do not know what they are doing. The standard safe practice is to check the mirrors, make the signal and then carry out the manoeuvre. Motorists can cause accidents by making manoeuvres without first providing the correct signal.
When you are in a motor vehicle, you have greater protection than pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, and motorists should exercise great care and behave in a considerate way towards these road users. Many pedestrians and cyclists are killed and badly injured on UK roads every year as a result of inconsiderate driving.
Road signs and traffic lights are there for a reason – to keep traffic moving safely and smoothly on our roads. This system can only work properly is everyone obeys the signs and signals. Some arrogant drivers seem to think that they are above the law and drive without due regard for these regulations. Sadly, serious accidents are often the consequence.
If you have been the victim of someone’s inappropriate driving practices in the Severn Beach area, Accident Advice Helpline can help you to make a claim for the compensation that you deserve. Call us on 0800 689 0500 today.
Date Published: 12th October 2013
Author: David Brown