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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    A road traffic collision in the UK


    A road traffic collision in the UK can have dire consequences for those involved and many people are seriously injured or killed in this way every year. The safety improvement in cars and on our roads has gradually reduced the casualty figures and the latest government statistics to the year ended September 2013 show yet more reductions such as:

    • 1730 people died – down 2%
    • 23,380 died or were seriously injured – down 6% 
    • 184,010 reported road casualties of all severities – down 7%
    • 15,730 reported child casualties of all severities – down 11%
    • 1,990 children killed or seriously injured – down 15%

    For this period the amount of traffic on our roads rose by 1.1% and so it would appear that a road traffic collision in the UK gets a little less likely each year.

    A road traffic collision in the UK does not just involve cars

    It is not just car drivers that are injured in a road traffic collision in the UK, there are just over 1 million motorbikes on our roads, and that is without the buses, lorries and bicycles

    That figure for motorbikes makes them just over 2% of the traffic on our roads, and 70 of those of written off by insurance companies every day of the year. For that to happen, they must have been involved in quite a serious accident, so it should therefore be no surprise that a motorbike rider is nearly 40 times more likely to die in a road traffic accident in the UK than other vehicle users.

    More cycle accidents victims are male

    It would appear from ROSPA data that a male cyclist is more likely to be injured than a female cyclist, in fact four out of five cycle accident victims are of the male gender.  Cyclists are one of the very few contraptions allowed on our roads without taking a test first and with no legal requirement for insurance.

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    Most cycle accidents do not involve any other vehicle, but are still accounted for in the road traffic accident figures. Each year the cycle victims figure exceeds 19,000 and that is just the ones reported to the police. ROSPA estimates that the true figure could be three times this amount, as many solo event accidents are not reported to the police, no matter how badly the victim is injured.

    At the other end of the scale – HGV’s

    HGV’s are a large part of the traffic on our roads, particularly our motorways. When they are on more minor roads, they can have tight bends to negotiate and narrow streets to get through.  The risk of there being a fatality is significantly more if an HGV is involved in the accident, just because of its sheer weight and size.

    Non fault accident victims can claim compensation

    Anyone that is in a road traffic accident that was not their own fault is entitled to claim compensation if they suffer injuries serious enough to need medical attention. Providing the accident happened no more than three years ago, the easiest way to achieve this is to contact Accident Advice Helpline, the experts in making personal injury claims. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.

    Date Published: 1st April 2014

    Author: David Brown

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