Road collisions today are very different from the road accidents that occurred many years ago. The first ever road traffic accident is reported to have taken place in France in 1771 when a steam-powered wagon hit a wall.
In the early 1900s, there were thought to be only 25,000 cars in the whole world. Most of those were in the USA and Europe. By 1910 there were 100,000 cars in the UK. Today there are over 500 million cars world wide and 26 million in the UK alone. That is a lot of cars and so it is little wonder that car accidents occur!
The circumstances that cause car accidents are very varied and every car accident is unique. That explains why compensation providers like Accident Advice Helpline cannot guarantee exactly how much compensation you will get if you make a claim. What they can do is to help and support you through the process and try and get as high a payment for you as possible. There are some factors that contribute to a lot of road collisions today.
Road collisions today – distracted drivers
A large proportion of accidents could be prevented if drivers paid more attention. Accidents happen when drivers are texting, talking on mobile phones or slowing down to look at other accidents. So many accidents are caused because drivers are looking at another accident! You will be able to give the details of the accident as part of the claims process. Initially, you will do this for a unique 30 second test which will assess the strength of your claim. You will then give further details to the personal injury lawyer that they allocate to you.
Road collisions today – driver fatigue
We live in a fast-paced society and humans cannot always keep up with that. Driving at night is a particular problem as fatigue-related accidents are most likely to occur between 11pm to 8am because that is when your body is used to sleeping. Motorway driving is a particular danger because it is monotonous and boring. The obvious answer is not to drive when you are tired. If you have to drive at night (e.g. for an emergency or because it is part of your job) take regular breaks and stop if you feel any of the signs of drowsiness. They include:
- Heavy eyelids
- Frequent yawning
- Feeling that things are jumping out at you
Road collisions today – drunk driving
Despite all of the public education campaigns about drink driving and the fact that it is becoming socially unacceptable, some individuals still insist on driving when they have consumed too much alcohol. The answer is obvious – don’t do it and don’t let people that you know do it.
Date Published: 12th March 2013