If you are about to leave to travel around the roads of Shaftesbury in a car, then the chances are that you will have a safe and uneventful trip. The UK has one of the best road safety records in Europe, and indeed in the developed world. Despite this, accidents still happen and there are hundreds of thousands of road traffic accidents every year.
There are two types of accidents. The accidents that are not your fault and are caused by someone else are called road traffic accidents – these are the accidents for which you can try to claim compensation by contacting Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and an injury lawyer in Shaftesbury. Then there are the accidents that are your own fault. We will not be able to help you to claim compensation in these, because there simply is no-one to claim from!
So, what causes road traffic accidents in the first place? The truth is that both types of road traffic accidents mentioned above are caused by the same factors – it is just different people and different cars that are the focus for those factors. They are the same key factors that cause road traffic accidents throughout the UK. Here are some examples.
Major causes of road traffic accidents
- Speeding – driving at excessive speeds is one of the leading causes of accidents.
- Alcohol – despite the fact that it is an offence to drive whilst under the influence of alcohol, many people persist in doing this and cause many accidents every year.
- Careless driving – this would include reckless and aggressive driving. This is when judgement is impaired and poor decision making occurs.
- Inexperience – young and inexperienced drivers cause around 400 people to lose their lives on the roads each year.
- Failure to look properly – it is estimated that around 40% of road traffic collisions are caused by a driver not looking properly. Drivers need to be constantly observant, especially so when they are about to make a manoeuvre.
- Loss of control – once a driver has lost control of a vehicle, the results can be disastrous. Drivers can lose control for many reasons — driving at excessive speeds and driving in bad weather conditions are two examples.
- Failure to judge other road users – driving is all about assessing the road in front of you, and that includes other road users. If a driver misjudges the direction or speed of another road user, collisions frequently occur. This is particularly dangerous if you are travelling at speed.
If another driver caused your road traffic accident by any of the above causes, Accident Advice Helpline will be able to help you to start a claim for compensation. You can claim for the injuries that you have suffered. You can also claim for out-of-pocket expenses.
Date Published: 12th October 2013
Author: David Brown