“I didn’t see you”, are the words spoken by many drivers that cause Torbay road traffic accidents. Torbay in the West Country is a huge holiday favourite with many; a bay which includes both Torquay, and Paignton. The views of the coastline are quite stunning (similar in places to the French Riviera), and it’s easy for drivers to get distracted by taking in the scenery when they are driving.
Not taking your eyes off the road at all is impossible
The fact of the matter is that you can’t afford to take your eyes off the road for a split second. In reality this is impossible, as checking in your mirrors and glancing down at your speedometer are all essential parts of good driving practice; but all of these things are minor, necessary distractions. 99 times out of 100 we perform these perfunctory tasks without any backlash. But if the car in front suddenly breaks, or a child or animal suddenly dashes out on the road in front of you and this happens to coincide with when you glance away, for even a split second, the results can be catastrophic.
Safe braking distances and good reflexes
A child or animal suddenly appearing in the road in front of you is almost totally unpredictable. If the vehicle in front suddenly brakes however, it shouldn’t normally cause a problem, providing you are driving a safe distance behind. In 30 mph speed limits, the safe braking distance is 23 metres, which equates to approximately 6 car lengths; in 20 mph speed limits it is 12 metres or 3 car lengths.
If you adhere to these safe distance and flick your eyes off the road momentarily, but look straight back again, you’ve got a reasonable chance of pulling up in time, providing you have good reflexes. You must also bear in mind that these safe distances assume perfect driving conditions. If it’s wet or icy, these distances need to be increased.
Estimating the compensation for injuries sustained in Torbay road traffic accidents
If you’ve been injured in one of the many Torbay road traffic accidents and you are not to blame, you can call on the services of Accident Advice Helpline to help you to obtain the compensation that you could be owed. To find out how much that compensation award might be, use the HOW MUCH calculator that you’ll find on the AAH website. You only have to answer 4 simple questions using the drop down boxes provided and you’ll be given an estimate within just 30 seconds.
Getting help when you need it
Some claims are more complex than others. If you have any concerns or questions about the qualifying factors relating to compensation claims, you can check them out by chatting to one of our experienced advisers from our customer support team. This support is available via our free helpline which can be accessed from any landline on 0800 689 0500 or, if using a mobile, 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 18th August 2014