Each day on the highways of the UK drivers can face hazardous situations, whether from adverse weather conditions or the carelessness of other motorists – or indeed a combination of the two. Such dangerous sets of circumstances can lead to injuries from car crashes or vehicle accidents where uneven and poorly maintained road surfaces are to blame.
Crashes at speed
Where several cars are involved in crashes at speed, then the outcome can be horrific. No more so than when these happen on motorways or busy A roads. There have been many examples of emergency road rescue staff having to take time off work due to the psychological trauma of having to deal with scenes of carnage involving multiple injuries and deaths.
Of course, it’s never enough that you, as an individual driver, go about as carefully as you can on our roads. Whatever precautions and sensible driving skills you employ, there’s always going to be someone else who acts negligently behind the wheel with little thought for the safety of others, let alone himself.
Pile up claim
If you’ve been involved in a multi-vehicle crash which was no fault of your own, then the Accident Advice Helpline can assist in making a pile up claim against the offending driver or drivers. Our 24/7 manned freephone number will connect you with one of our claims expert advises, who will quickly guide you through the basics of the pile up claim process. In a half minute test he or she will need to establish whether the accident happened within the last three years, that you needed medical treatment for your injuries and that you were in no way to blame for what happened. Our 200 no win no fee solicitors, spread throughout the UK, deal with personal injury claims from road accidents every day.
There are many factors involved in just how much you may receive from a successful pile up claim award, the main one being the extent and severity of the injuries. Pile ups by their very definition are not at all good for those involved and, as the police have advised us for years, speed kills. If, for example, an HGV overturns on a motorway, a chain reaction can be set off. One vehicle after another crashes and people inevitably get hurt, from whiplash injuries to more life-threatening wounds. An expert Accident Advice helpline solicitor handling your pile up claim, if several at-fault parties are involved, will be able to determine who was responsible for what and take the necessary action on your behalf to help secure the best possible compensation in your case
Causes of pile ups
The main causes of motorway pile ups are:
- Overtaking – bad manoeuvres by drivers failing to check their mirrors when passing vehicles and their speeds.
- Undertaking – trying to pass other vehicles in the inside, slower lane. It’s totally illegal and very dangerous.
- Indicators and other lights – using wrong indicators on the vehicle or failing to turn these off after a manoeuvre, so confusing other motorists, faulty brake lights and headlamps.
- Tailgating – driving at speed to close to the vehicle in front.
- Lorries, HGV’s, trucks with trailers, coaches – these are restricted by law to travelling at 60 mph maximum and can overtake only in the central lanes. When they don’t obey these rules, very often drivers of these vehicles lose control and cause a pile up.
- Adverse weather conditions – travelling too fast and losing control on wet or icy road surfaces, or in fog and high cross winds (HGV’s).
- Roadworks – failing to slow down for these, abusing temporary lane marker cones and losing control at speed where lanes have been narrowed for highway maintenance.
- Driver error and panic at motorway exit and joining lanes, where they realise they’ve taken a wrong lane and attempt to rectify it by making a reckless manoeuvre.
- Fatigue – drivers simply nodding off at the wheel.
For the very best guidance on how to make a pile up claim, called the Accident Advice Helpline number now on 0800 180 4123.
Date Published: 25th February 2013