Road traffic accidents happen less than a mile from home
News that more than a third of cars involved in road traffic accidents in UK towns and villages, contain victims of a car crash in the UK who are just a mile from home has emerged. It is a trend that has been consistently reported from a variety of surveys carried out in recent years. Road safety experts do have some ideas that offer some explanation for these relatively static survey figures.
The patterns of where accidents are likely to occur can be seen below:
- 3 out of 10 accidents occur less than one mile form home
- 3 out of 10 accidents occur between one and five miles from home
- 1 out of 10 accidents occur between six and ten miles from home
- 1 out 10 accidents occur between eleven and twenty-five miles from home
Surveys have also shown that the ways you can become the victim of a car crash in the UK are similar and include some with minor consequences, some with far more major consequences. What are the most common accidents happening within a mile of home?
- Cars driving into or hitting parked cars
- Cars driving into walls
- Cars hitting other vehicles as they emerge from minor roads onto major roads
Cars driving onto major roads from a minor road potentially had the worst consequences and often involve motorbike riders and cyclists. These road traffic accidents, which cause many to be the victim of a car crash in UK towns and cities are often the case for accident compensation claims.
Companies like Accident Advice Helpline specialise in accident compensation for anyone who has been the victim of a car crash in the UK. Our nationwide team of in-house solicitors specialise in helping innocent victims claim accident compensation if someone else was at fault.
It is important to seek out a specialist accident compensation lawyer to deal with your claim as they have knowledge that is specific to personal injury law. Injuries sustained from road traffic accidents can be serious. Bike riders and cyclists often sustain head injuries which can require a very specific kind of legal expertise, lawyers specialising in this area of the law have to have strong medical understanding too to understand the long-term consequences of these injuries.
Surveys have all cited similar reasons as to why so many accidents occur so close to home and the number one reason cited was familiarity. Drivers were in fact over-familiar with the area and because they know the area really well they were not generally paying as much attention to the roads or the road conditions. The saying that familiarity breeds contempt can play out to be true. Lack of due care and attention is not, however, limited to road traffic accidents that happen close to home. It is cited as one of the major causes of road accidents whether near to home or not.
If you need advice after becoming the latest victim of a car crash in the UK, we can help you. Just call 0800 689 0500 free from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 21st January 2013
Author: Emma Matthews