Vehicle collisions in the UK can happen for a wide variety of reasons, such as driving too close to the vehicle in front; this one is so common, that it is little wonder that so many accidents occur because of a lack of adequate braking distance.
Perhaps the most common injury, following vehicle collisions in the UK, is whiplash. This kind of injury is very difficult to protect against, other than not getting into a car to begin with.
Most of the time, the driver that hits the vehicle in front of him is seen to have caused the accident – thus becoming the guilty party in any compensation claim, whose insurance company will have to cough up for any compensation amount awarded to the victim of the accident.
Braking distance, as everybody is told in their driving test, is a very important part of road safety and it is something that far too many drivers seem to disregard.
Let’s say that you are driving around 3 metres behind the vehicle in front of you, at 70mph on the motorway. If the driver in front had to brake suddenly, for whatever reason, there is a very good chance that the result will be a pretty bad accident.
Safe braking distances are even longer in poor light and wet conditions. In the case of icy roads, this distance is even longer. You may also be surprised to learn just how far a car can actually travel before its driver realises he needs to apply the brakes.
This response time is crucial and means the difference between a bump and a smash.
No fault vehicle collisions in the UK
It really does not matter what age or gender a driver is; the end result is the same if they cause an accident because they were not paying attention, or were driving too close to the car in front. What many speeding drivers fail to understand is that external factors can also contribute to a car crash.
At high speeds, you do not give yourself any time to react to the unexpected: if a car were to pull out of a side road in front of you, the consequences are going to be very unpleasant if you were not paying close enough attention to what is going on around you.
Personal injury claims, for vehicle collisions in the UK, can only be successful if you have been injured in a crash that happened through no fault of your own. This crash must also have happened no later than three years before the date of a claim.
If this sounds like you, then you may well be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. Get in touch with us at Accident Advice Helpline today, just dial 0800 689 0500 from your land line, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: 14th May 2014
Author: David Brown