Statistically van drivers are more dangerous – a vehicle accident solicitor can help secure compensation claims
It may seem like a stereotypical claim given the inherent bias most motorists have against van drivers. In particular, white van drivers are maligned by most road users including other white van drivers. Statistically, van drivers are more dangerous than other road users. If other road users are involved in an accident with van drivers they may need the help of a vehicle accident solicitor to secure the compensation claim they are entitled to.
It may seem strange but research has shown that white vans and their drivers, overtake much closer to the other road users they are passing. This is particularly dangerous for cyclists who are far more likely to suffer serious injuries than other road users simply because of their exposure and lack of protection in comparison to those in a car. A vehicle accident solicitor is fully aware of this when they deal with cases involving white van drivers.
Research has shown that white van drivers pass as much as 4 inches (10 centimetres) closer than other road users when passing cyclists. The Highway Code recommends that all vehicles passing any other road user should allow a car width between the two passing vehicles. The 4 feet 1 inch given on average by most white van drivers is simply not enough. Knowledge of these kinds of statistics is what gives a vehicle accident solicitor the advantage when they act on behalf of compensation claimants.
Using the best vehicle accident solicitor for your claim
Research has shown that as well as driving too close to other road users, particularly when over taking, van drivers also drive too fast, especially in built up areas where there is a greater concentration of other road users. We have already alluded to the fact that cyclists are more vulnerable than some other road users. When vans overtake cyclists too fast and too close, the consequences are often devastating.
Cyclists often suffer terrible injuries when they are hit by van drivers without a shadow of a doubt. The help of a vehicle accident solicitor will be invaluable in the ensuing compensation claim. Potential claimants can call Accident Advice Helpline on their helpline number 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone, and speak to one of their advisers who can make an initial assessment of the claimant’s case and connect them one of our specialist in-house solicitors.
Date Published: 21st January 2013
Author: David Brown