The Most Common Road Traffic Accident
A road traffic accident occurs every day, and kills. In the UK, despite what you may read in the newspaper or see on the Six O’clock news, our roads are very safe. However, explaining this point to a grieving family has quite a different impact.
In comparison to other countries around the world, we have an excellent safety record, some would say it’s quite enviable. Take India for example, the frequency of its road traffic accident levels are much higher. According to its National Crime Records Bureau, every year, more than 135,000 traffic collision-related deaths occur. In the UK the figure is approximately 240 deaths.
Of course comparing India with the UK is slightly unfair. Yet, the same statistic in Italy, is twice as high as that of the UK. Don’t forget that Italy is a developed country comparable to the UK. There are about 500 deaths resulting from road traffic accidents in Italy in a year, and the UK has more cars on its road per person, and is denser.
According to data from the World Health Organization, there were on average 3.7 deaths on UK roads per 100,000 people. However, as we pointed out at the beginning, any road traffic accident is still a big concern and a cause of trauma and injury for many.
Compensation may be available to you for a road accident. For more information, fill out our Claim form online or call us 0800 0443 495 for a free assessment.
In the UK, careless or aggressive driving is a common cause of road accidents. Driving while intoxicated is one of the leading causes of road accidents in England and Wales. This includes incidences of hit and run. Other causes include illness or sleeping at the wheel, especially on national motorways. It’s illegal across the UK to drive under the influence of illegal drugs or medications that impair driving. Many road traffic accidents are not fatal. Many do cause death and some create life-changing psychological and physical injuries and/or disabilities.
If you’ve been a victim of careless or aggressive driving you’re entitled to compensation. It’s important to also remember that uninsured drivers that cause accidents are breaking the law. In the case of a driver with no insurance, claims will be processed by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) s for damages and injuries.
In England and Wales, it’s against the law to drive with a breath alcohol level of 35 microgrammes/100 ml of breath. It’s also an offence to have a blood alcohol level of more than 80mg/100ml of blood. Scotland is even stricter.
If you’re involved in an accident where the other driver is intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, you’re entitled to compensation.
At PHC Law Ltd, we help those affected by road traffic accidents. If we can, including familes affected by traffic accidents.