Car accidents can happen on any of Britain’s roads, whether a winding rural B-road, a fast-moving A-road, or a motorway, where accidents at high speeds can prove incredibly dangerous for drivers and passengers.
The M1 is a motorway connecting London in the South to Leeds in the North of England. Stretching out over a total of 193 miles, there is always a risk of being involved in an M1 accident, as with any of Britain’s motorways. Historic M1 accidents have included a huge 200 vehicle crash in 1972, and stretches of the motorway being closed due to a major explosion and fire at an oil depot in 2005, and a scrapyard fire underneath the motorway in 2011.
The risk of an M1 accident is much the same as on any other motorway in the UK. Factors contributing to accidents may include:
- Driving above the speed limit
- The need to slow down suddenly, such as at a lane closure
- Slip roads
- Lack of observation when overtaking
- Undertaking manoeuvres
The speed limit on UK motorways is 70mph, the fastest of any of Britain’s roads. Motorways are also liable to large amounts of traffic and congestion, which also may be a contributing factor not only to the number of accidents, but also the severity.
I have been involved in an M1 accident, what should I do?
If you have been involved in an M1 accident, or an accident on any other motorway, you should get in touch with a specialist solicitor as soon as possible. If you are injured, make sure you seek medical attention – your health and well-being is your number one priority.
If you are able to, you should take pictures of the accident using your camera phone or any other photographic device to hand – this will provide further evidence when pursuing a claim for compensation. Also ensure that you have the details of the other driver involved including the vehicle registration number, and the contact information of any witnesses who may have seen the accident.
Am I eligible to claim for compensation?
If your accident occurred within the past three years, required medical attention and was someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to make a claim. To check your eligibility, you can use a quick and simple online tool such as Accident Advice Helpline’s 30-second calculator, which will also return an estimated compensation amount.
Once you have completed the 30-second test, one of Accident Advice Helpline’s qualified advisors will be in touch to take any further details required. When you have provided this information, you can relax and wait to hear back from us. In the background, we will be matching your case with one of our legal team – choosing legal representation that is just right for you and your M1 accident claim on a no win no fee basis. Most claims can be processed entirely via the telephone, and will not require you to attend court, although you may need to go to one further medical assessment.
Get in touch now to start your claim on 0800 689 0500.