Accidents that occur around bends in the road are becoming increasingly common in the UK. While the vast majority tend to occur in more rural areas such as country lanes, a motorist can lose control of their vehicle in any situation.
Nearly 60% of fatalities involving cars happen on country roads rather than busy areas like motorways or city centres. That’s because people are often driving too fast and can’t see ahead. You may be a cyclist on a road and the motorist doesn’t see you until it is too late. You might be another motorist driving at a slower speed than the person behind. You may be out taking a walk and a motorist comes racing around a corner and causes an accident.
Drivers often go too fast for the conditions. While country roads have a speed limit of 60 mph, it’s only applicable if driving to that speed is safe. People who use a stretch of road a lot can sometimes become overconfident and take corners too fast.
What Should You Do if You Are Involved in a Motor Accident?
If you have been involved in an accident on a bend in the road, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries and any financial loss that you have incurred. The first thing you need to do is gather as much evidence to support your claim as possible.
Of course, this can depend on the extent of your injuries but if you can take photos and get the details of witnesses it does help your claim and make it easier for your solicitor. After the accident, you should also track your expenses, such as the cost of treatment, whether you had to take time off work and any lost income. You will also need to see a doctor as the medical report can help determine how much compensation you are awarded.
Contacting a Personal Injury Lawyer
You will need to contact a lawyer that specialises in personal injury and can help determine who is to blame for the accident. If someone has driven into the back of your car, for example, they are liable because they were not showing due care and attention. If someone has caused an accident because they overtook on a bend, they will also more than likely be considered negligent.
Your personal injury lawyer will normally offer an initial free consultation where they discuss the accident with you and whether there is a case that can go forward. If there is a claim, they will also offer a no win no fee service. This means you don’t have to find the fees, but these will be taken from any compensation award – if the claim is unsuccessful in the court, you pay nothing to the personal injury lawyer.
Compensation will be awarded for several reasons. You may be compensated for the injuries caused, damage to your vehicle or property. You may be recompensed for the loss of earnings because of the accident, for the cost of specialist treatment or for the support you need if the injury has led to a disability.
If you have been injured because of an accident on a bend in the road, contact a personal injury solicitor today to see if you can claim for compensation.