Fatal van crashes in UK rural areas are at an all-time high
Fatalities caused by van crashes in UK rural areas are at an all-time high according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. The latest figures show that nearly twice as many people were fatally injured on rural roads as there were in urban areas.
Motorcyclists were most vulnerable and the numbers of motorcyclists killed on rural roads has more than doubled in the last year or two, it is an issue that needs addressing urgently. What are the factors that make rural roads so dangerous for road users?
- Rural roads are more narrow and winding than urban roads
- Rural roads have less lighting
- Visibility is generally not as good on rural roads
- There are less footpaths on rural roads
- Slow moving vehicles such as farm equipment are more common on rural roads
- On rural roads you are more likely to encounter animals such as horses and cattle
Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable and especially children. With no footpaths it is imperative that children are instructed and supervised by adults about correct road etiquette. All pedestrians should walk facing the oncoming traffic; those who walk with their back to oncoming traffic are far more likely to be killed than those who do not. The reason for this is the pedestrian who walks toward oncoming traffic as recommended in the Highway Code are more likely to see the oncoming hazard and take evasive action.
Unfortunately the inevitable keeps happening and people are seriously injured in van crashes in UK rural areas and can subsequently claim for accident compensation for injuries sustained from negligent road users. Companies like Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) can come to the rescue of innocent victims of road accidents.
Accident Advice Helpline work with legal experts all with specialist knowledge of accident compensation, those who have been injured in van crashes in UK rural areas can contact the teams at AAH and can within minutes be talking to an expert injury compensation lawyer who can guide them through the process of how to make a claim.
Their case will be assessed and if it is appropriate and the potential claimant wants to, they can start an accident compensation claim with the guidance of an injury lawyer. It is very simple and can lead to claimants receiving thousands of pounds of compensation for the injuries they have suffered.
Give the team a call today on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 21st January 2013
Author: David Brown