In the UK every year lots of people are involved in road traffic accidents, in which many of them suffer from whip lash symptoms. In these cases, they may end up making a compensation claim, using the solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline to help them, if the accident was not their fault.
In cars on the roads today, safety has improved greatly, and this has reduced the casualty figures. The latest government statistics show that at the end of September 2013, there have been more reductions, for example:
- Road traffic accident casualties are down 7%
- Child casualties are down 11%
- Children killed or seriously injured is down 15%
- Deaths on our roads are down 2%
- Deaths or serious injuries are down 6%
The drop in these figures is in spite of a 1.1% increase in the amount of traffic on our roads, which all points towards the efforts to make cars and roads safer are working, so fewer victims should suffer from whip lash symptoms.
Road traffic accidents that you may cause whip lash symptoms, do not always involve cars
In the UK, road traffic accidents do not only that injure car drivers. There are other vehicles on the road such as motorbikes, of which there are over 1 million riders, buses, lorries, cycles and even tractors.
Motorbike figures show that they account 2% of all of the traffic on the roads in the UK today yet they are involved in 20% of road traffic accidents, and insurance companies estimate that they write off 70 of them every day of the year.
Because of how high these figures are, it must mean that lots of these riders are involved in quite serious accidents. Riders of motorbikes are nearly 40 times more likely to die in a road traffic accident than a car driver, because of the lack of protection. They do not have the metal bubble around them that car driver has, so they, and cyclists, are also more likely to sustain injuries of a serious nature.
Men are in more danger than women
According to ROSPA figures, more cycle accidents involve men and in fact four out of five cycle accident victims are males. The majority of cycle accidents do not involve any other vehicle, but are still accounted for in the road traffic accident figures. Each year the cycle victims figure exceeds 19,000 and that is just the ones reported to the police. ROSPA estimates that the true figure could be three times this amount, as many solo event accidents are not reported to the police, no matter how badly the victim is injured.
Innocent victims can make a compensation claim
It does not matter if you are a car driver, passenger, pedestrian, motorbike rider or cyclist, at Accident Advice Helpline we help all innocent victims of accidents claim the compensation they are entitled to. It is not just road traffic accident victims we deal with either – any type of injury from any type of accident comes within the realms of personal injury claims, providing the accident was not your fault.
You can contact us via our website, or by call our freephone helpline. Whichever way you decide, you will not regret using a law firm with the experience and expertise we have at Accident Advice Helpline.
Date Published: 5th May 2014
Author: Louise Thacker