Driver error is the number one cause of accidents on the roads in the UK and one of the main factors behind the number of people making road accident claims in Horsham.
We’ve all seen drivers who go speeding by or who make dangerous manoeuvres in order to take the junction they were about to miss. We’ve also seen plenty of drivers who are clearly running late and caught up in traffic who go on to cause accidents, injuring innocent road users.
It isn’t just drivers who are affected in these accidents of course. Passengers and even pedestrians can be caught up in RTAs and the injuries sustained can vary according to the type of accidents and the speeds involved.
Driver errors cause the most accidents
Driving at excessive speed means that you already have less control of the vehicle you’re driving so when you consider the poor weather conditions, a single carriageway that winds its way through the countryside or a sudden build-up of traffic it is almost impossible to keep control of the vehicle.
While many believe that speed is the main contributor to road traffic accidents – and it does cause a significant number – it is the behaviour of drivers on the roads combined with speed that is most dangerous. Both young and experienced drivers have been known to drive too quickly, while they’ve also been known to cause accidents by doing things while out on the road that results in a crash and serious injuries to innocent people; hence the number of road accident claims in Horsham being made.
For example, despite it being illegal to do so, many drivers still use or check their mobile phones while at the wheel. Doing this means that your attention is not fully focussed on the task of driving and what is going on on the road around you so you cannot react in time should something happen.
In busy periods brake lights are known for going on all of a sudden due to a build-up of traffic up ahead or people looking to leave the road via a junction. If you’re checking your phone at this point you may not spot the cars in front slowing down and this means it’s often too late by the time you go to hit the brakes.
Making road accident claims in Horsham
The victims of these accidents often have no way of preventing them. By following the rules of the road and travelling at the correct speed with a comfortable gap, you should – in theory – reduce the risk of accidents, but there is no way of catering for the behaviour of others.
Accident Advice Helpline are on hand to help people just like you who may have become innocent victims while out on the roads in and around Horsham. Our team of experienced personal injury lawyers can provide you with all of the information you need about making a no-win no-fee claim for compensation, and will handle the whole case for you should you choose to proceed.
To find out more about making a claim, visit our website where you will find a short eligibility test, or you can call now on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0992 from a mobile, and speak to one of our lawyers.
Date Published: 20th May 2015
Author: David Brown