There are many causes of car accidents, and each accident is in its own way, unique with its own cause and effect, including the effect and impact of an injury caused by an accident. But there are some causes of car accidents that are more common than others.
As specialist personal injury solicitors in Newcastle we are experts in understanding how an injury caused by a car accident has impacted your life and have much experience in getting compensation for those affected. If you have been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, regardless of the cause, either as a driver or passenger then contact our solicitors today to get advice on your case.
Common Car Accident Causes
The Royal Society for the Prevention of accidents has listed the most common causes of serious car accidents, and they include:
Car Accidents Caused by Speeding
Speeding is one of the biggest reasons for car accidents in the UK. Indeed in 2013 there were over 2500 people seriously or fatally injured in accidents involving cars. It is well known that driving with excessive speed gives drives much less time to react to a situation on the road. Reacting quickly in an emergency situation is essential on the road and speed increases the likelihood that drivers will lose control of the vehicle they are driving. In addition, speed ensures that if an accident is to occur then the consequences of that accident are likely to be more serious than if it happened at a slower speed.
Accidents Caused by Drink Driving
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or other substances is one of the most common causes of accidents. In 2015 statistics provided by the government show around 2000 people were either killed or seriously injured in drink-drive associated accidents.
Accidents Caused by Not Wearing a Seatbelt
Despite the law requiring all drivers and passengers to wear seatbelts, some people still do not take this safety measure and if an accident was to occur, they are more likely to be seriously injured. All drivers and passengers are required by law to wear a seatbelt or for children a suitable child seat. If a seatbelt is not worn, not only can the person sustain serious injuries they can also cause injuries to front seat drivers and passengers.
Accidents Caused by Careless Driving
Careless or aggressive driving is also one of the most common causes of accidents on our roads. Forcing other cars to take evasive action by irresponsible overtaking or other manoeuvres can cause accidents not only to the car making the manoeuvre but also, and more likely, to the other vehicles around it. The Department for Transport had a report in 2012 showed that over forty percent of collisions they looked at were caused by drivers not looking properly when driving on the road.
Compensation for Road Accidents
If you have been injured in a road accident, whether for a common reason or in another scenario, and the accident was not your fault, then you may be able to claim for compensation. The expert personal accident solicitors at Accinet will look at your case and work hard to ensure you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and the impact that injury has had on your life.