What you can do to prevent a road accident and whiplash injury
Sometimes a road accident will be completely the fault of another driver, road condition or other factor, so that it will be unavoidable. In this case, all you can do is make sure that you are driving carefully and are focused on the road, so that you can minimise the damage to yourself and your car as much as possible. If you do sustain a whiplash injury in Blair Atholl, or any other injury caused as the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to make a compensation claim against the other driver.
You can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to the team about your whiplash injury in Blair Atholl and what happened in your accident, in order for them to decide with you whether or not you have a good case for compensation. If you do, then you will be passed over to an in-house experienced injury lawyer who will work on a 100% no win no fee* basis to help you to get the compensation you deserve for your injury.
In some cases, though, you may be able to prevent being a part of a road accident by paying attention to your own driving and what you are doing on the road, to stop yourself and others being injured and save yourself money and stress.
Just because there is a speed limit on a road doesn’t mean your car needs to move that quickly. If you feel that the road is too busy or that weather conditions aren’t ideal for the speed at which you are allowed to travel, slow down and move at a pace you feel is safe.
Similarly, if other vehicles are ignoring the speed limit and moving fast because the road is fairly clear, this does not mean that you need to move as fast as they are moving. It is worth dealing with the potential anger of other drivers who have to pass you in order to avoid getting into an accident.
On a completely empty road, it may be tempting to ignore your signals and turn whenever you want to. However, you must get into the habit of signalling every time you turn, even if there are no other vehicles on the road, as you can never be sure that there won’t be another car somewhere nearby that is looking out for your signals to know when to slow down or move themselves. If you do get into an accident and haven’t signalled, the accident could well be your fault in the eyes of the law.
Avoid all distractions
On long journeys, drivers often listen to music or chat to passengers. Even though you can still see what you are doing while performing these other activities, you are more likely to have an accident as your reflexes will be slower and you won’t be paying full attention to the road. Avoid all distractions, and if you need something to keep yourself awake and alert take lots of breaks during your drive.
Date Published: 30th April 2014
Author: David Brown