Injuries due to road accidents in Dartington are nothing new. Bridget Driscoll was the first person to be knocked over, and killed by a car in London in 1896. The first fatal road traffic accident involving a vehicle and its occupants was three years later; taking a corner at 25 miles per hour was too much for the vehicle. Its wheels collapsed and it turned over, killing the driver and passenger outright.
The media of the time worried the general public, admonishing drivers to take greater care in these new, motor vehicles beasts.
Today, Britain is thought to have one of the best road safety records in Europe but collisions still happen, although thankfully not many are fatal.
What contributes to road accidents in Dartington?
- Excessive speed – Each year in the UK, it is thought that around 400 people are killed in collisions that involved breaking the speed limit or driving too fast for the prevailing weather conditions. Many more are hurt in crashes involving speed; if this has happened to you, our personal injury solicitors could help!
- Drink driving – Although there has been vast increase in awareness of drink driving, unfortunately it is still a contributory factor in collisions in which 280 people a year are thought to have lost their lives
- Seat belts – It is thought that if everyone wore a seat belt, 300 people a year could be saved
- Careless driving – Being in a hurry or being late is no excuse to drive in a way that endangers others. Many claimants who receive the legal help of one of our injury solicitors were the victims of someone else’s careless driving. It is also thought to contribute to 300 deaths a year on our roads.
- At work – many of us drive for a living. Sadly, it is thought that around a third of all people killed on UK roads were ‘at work’ at the time.
- Inexperience – There are many claimants who will testify to the impacts of being hit by an inexperienced driver. Every year, it is thought 400 deaths occur on our roads as a result of diver inexperience (usually aged between 17 and 24 years).
- Failing to look properly – 40% of road accidents are attributed to this. Common at junctions, it is also the main reasons why cyclists and motorcyclists are knocked from their bikes by vehicles.
- Loss of control – Losing control of the vehicle is a contributing factor in a third of fatal car accidents; also a large factor in road accidents in Dartington.
- Lack of judgement – 1 in 5 accidents occur as a result of a driver failing to accurately judge the speed of another vehicle. Many people hurt in car accidents will tell you that a car ‘simply pulled out in front of them.
Call Accident Advice Helpline today
With over 15 years of specialist legal experience, Accident Advice Helpline are the best choice to help you claim compensation. Just call and talk to one of our friendly advisors about your accident and they can tell you if we can help. It’s free to call us on 0800 689 0500, or the number to call us from your mobile is 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 25th January 2014
Author: David Brown