As someone who is thinking of starting a road traffic accident case with an injury lawyer in Shefford, you are quite rightly focused on what happened after the accident when you probably:
- Summoned medical attention for anyone who needed it;
- Sought medical attention yourself for your injuries;
- Recorded contact details and vehicle registration of the person who caused the accident;
- Took photographs if it was safe and appropriate to do so;
- Made a note of the contact details of anyone who witnessed the accident; and
- Rang Accident Advice Helpline.
Once you have rung the leading law firm Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, you can relax and let us take care of all of the legal aspects of the case. You can just concentrate on recovering from your injuries and on getting your life back on track.
You may not have thought about the moments leading up to your road traffic accident or considered the factors that may have caused the accident to happen in the first place. The reality is that there are two factors that play a role in a great many road traffic accident cases and in many road accidents throughout the UK — speed and driver distraction.
The role of speed in road traffic accidents
Accident Advice Helpline’s personal injury lawyers deal with many road traffic accident cases that involved speed. If drivers are driving too quickly for the road and weather conditions, they are much more likely to cause an accident. Drivers who are travelling at excessive speeds simply cannot react and slow down in time to avoid situations on the road ahead of them. Added to this is the fact that a speeding car does far more damage (e.g. to a human body) than a car that is travelling at a slower speed. Speed limits are there for a reason and should be treated as maximums and not target speeds.
The role of driver distraction in road traffic accidents
A distracted driver is not paying sufficient attention to their driving and will miss things on the road that they would usually have spotted. A very distracted driver may not even be looking at the road at all! A car is full of potential driver distractions, including:
- Mobile phones;
- Children; and
- Other adults.
Once some other factor competes with driving for the driver’s attention, it is very easy for them to lose concentration. Some distracting issues are started by the driver themselves; for example, they could decide to light a cigarette. Others are external to the driver, including a ringing mobile phone for example.
It is the driver’s responsibility to make sure that they deal with the distraction appropriately and do not let it take their mind off the road. If the driver is not concentrating fully on the road ahead, disastrous consequences can occur.
Date Published: 12th October 2013
Author: David Brown