Traffic accidents – just how dangerous are our roads?
Are our roads dangerous? Are traffic accidents on the rise or falling? For many of us, the thought of ourselves or our loved ones being involved in traffic accidents is a major concern, but statistics from the Department of Transport in 2012 indicate that our roads are actually becoming safer. That is, unless you are a cyclist.
While cycling, particularly in cities, becomes an extreme sport, traffic accidents involving only motor vehicles are falling. Not dramatically, but a downward trend, nonetheless. The number of people killed or seriously injured has fallen over the last decade even though the road traffic mileage has risen.
So less traffic accidents – we’re safer than 10 years ago then?
Well yes, but the outcome of your accident can be very different depending on what kind of road user you are. Car users unsurprisingly make up the largest group of road casualties, accounting for 60% of people involved and injured in road traffic accidents. But even though more vulnerable road users, such as cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians make up a smaller proportion of those people involved in accidents, they are significantly more likely to be fatally injured or seriously injured.
The odds of being involved in traffic accidents also vary depending on the type of road. It’s easy to assume that a fast road is an unsafe road, but actually almost two thirds of traffic accidents occur on urban roads, with only 4 percent of all accidents taking place on motorways. Urban road traffic accidents tend to result in fewer serious injuries though, with an astonishing 61 percent of all fatal accidents occurring on rural roads.
So what happens if I’ve been involved in an accident?
If you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation for the distress, pain and cost of your injuries. There are a number of things you can do at the time of an accident to help your claim. These include:Open Claim Calculator
- Taking the full details of everyone else involved in the accident.
- Calling the police to attend and asking them to keep in touch with you with all details and developments in the case.
- Taking the full details of any witnesses.
- Taking photographs of the accident, including photos of the other driver or other parties if possible.
- Making comprehensive notes on what exactly happened – you may think that you will remember every detail but there is a good chance that you will be suffering from shock.
- Call us to make sure that you receive the guidance, support and legal expertise that you need to get the best result from your no win no fee compensation claim.
Remember that you can call Accident Advice Helpline on a no obligation basis and talk about your situation at any time. But don’t delay – the sooner your lawyer can start on putting your case together, the more information can be gathered while it is still fresh and available. Call us on our freephone numbers 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.