There are more than 200,000 reported road casualties in Great Britain each year. The actual number is thought to be much higher and estimated to be around 730,000 people injured. Though the UK has some of the safest roads in Europe and the world, and in recent years there has been a decline in road casualties, there is still room for improvement. Many people are injured in a motor vehicle accident through no fault of their own, usually because of negligence, careless and disregard for traffic laws.
Common causes of road casualties
Exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast for the road conditions is a common cause of road traffic accidents. Injuries caused by excessive speed are often more serious
- Drink driving
Driving under the influence of alcohol (or drugs) can impair judgment and coordination, making an accident more likely
- Seat belt wearing
Not wearing a seatbelt increases your risk of injury when involved in an accident.
- Careless driving
Being careless, reckless or aggressive causes more than 400 deaths a year.
Young and inexperienced drivers are a common cause of road traffic accidents. They tend to be less careful and respectful of the roads
How to prevent a road traffic accident and injury
- Wear you seat belt
- Follow the highway code and road traffic rules
- Do not allow yourself to be distracted whilst driving, this includes taking on your mobile!
- Always be alert and defensive
- Keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you
- Drive according to the weather conditions, i.e. in rain slow down
- Make sure you car is maintained and is in good working order
Unfortunately no matter how careful you are accidents can still happen. Not everyone respects the roads and other users. People are so often in a hurry that they disregard other road users.
How personal injury lawyers can help
If you are unlucky enough to be injured in a motor vehicle accident then personal injury lawyers can help you. The main conditions are that the motor vehicle accident should have occurred in the last three years and it can be proven that it was not your fault.
Our in-house lawyers can then take on your case and claim compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering. We can also claim for any expenses and financial loses resulting from the accident and your injuries.
Finding motor vehicle accident lawyers for your case
Accident Advice Helpline is a leading law firm, one of the areas we specialise in is motor vehicle accidents. From our in-house lawyers we can assign you the right lawyer for you. Your lawyer will be qualified and suitably experienced in handling cases like yours, to ensure you win the maximum compensation you rightly deserve.
To find out more, just call us today. If you are using a landline ring 0800 689 0500, or from a mobile dial 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 22nd January 2013