Despite the fact that driving in the UK has never been safer, there is still an ever-present risk of being involved in an accident.
When speaking in terms of serious injuries or even death, accidents are sadly still one of the leading causes of loss of life amongst under 25’s. This is a very unfortunate statistic and one that we should all be aiming to reduce wherever possible to do so.
It is better first of all to know all the details, remember that forewarned is forearmed, so let’s shortly take a look at some of the statistical information regarding accidents that is available. In this way we can then all ensure that we understand the issue more deeply. We can then go on to make sensible judgements and informed decisions regarding the best course of action to take to reduce the toll.
Can we do anything to help reduce the number of accidents?
One thing that we firmly believe is that any individual should take legal action against responsible parties for compensation for any injuries that they have suffered due to an accident.
By setting an example in this way, change will then naturally happen, as nobody wants to be paying out compensation willy-nilly! Sometimes the only thing that both people and organisations understand is money. This is why this fresh new approach, of hitting them in their pocket, is potentially a powerful catalyst for change!
Let’s first take a look at the numbers:
According to the most recent UK government figures for 2013:
- 183,670 people were injured in road traffic accidents that were reported to the police.
- 1,713 of these people were killed, while 21,657 suffered serious injuries.
- An estimated 710,000 people were injured in accidents, which accounts for those not reported to the police as well.
Seeing as these injuries can also lead to time off work and expensive medical treatment, a certain percentage of people will pursue legal action or take up a compensation case with a solicitor.
Bring those responsible to account through legal action
These numbers are simply not acceptable to a modern society. All victims should do their utmost to take action and call those responsible to account. To do this you should consider contacting a legal specialist with a view to taking such action.
But before doing this, what do you need to know about the information that you need to collect prior to such road traffic accident claims?
Had an accident? Here’s what you need to know about collecting evidence
With road traffic accident claims, you will need to prove that somebody else was at fault. Although blame might be obvious, the other party could deny responsibility and the case may go to court. Evidence usually includes:
- Witness accounts
- CCTV footage
- Photographs of the scene
- Medical records
- Details of those involved
- Receipts of expenditure relating to the accident
Types of accident
More often than not, road traffic collisions will involve two or more privately owned vehicles. Both parties will have the necessary insurance and this is where compensation usually comes from.
However, there is a chance of being involved in an accident with a driver who is uninsured or can’t be traced. Thankfully, compensation for these instances comes from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB), of which every car insurance company has to be a member of by law and contribute a levy to its funding.
As for public transport accidents that result in injury, the owners and operators of the bus or train in question will have failed in their duty to care for you. A solicitor, such as compensation specialist Accident Compensation 4UK, will be able to offer advice on who to claim against based on the particular circumstances.
Looking at the types of injury
From slight scratches and minor bruises to broken bones and psychological stress, there are numerous types of injuries associated with road traffic accidents. But the most prevalent and claimed against is whiplash.
This is an injury to the tendons and ligaments of the neck, which is caused when the head jerks violently back and forth or sideways. Although whiplash injury claims have received a fair amount of negative press in recent years, the pain can become acute and chronic. In some cases, people will suffer from depression and anxiety too.
Costs and compensation
With various road traffic accident claims, solicitors will be happy to accept your case on a no win no fee basis. This means if you lose your case, you will not have to pay any expensive legal fees.
As for the amount of compensation you may receive, this will depend on a wide range of different factors, such as the time you have taken off work and the cost of medical treatment. For an accurate estimate, contact the specialists at Accident Compensation 4UK today.
Help to reduce the toll of injury and death on the UK’s roads!
Let’s all do our bit to help reduce the number of road accidents in future, get the ball rolling today and make the guilty pay for their misdemeanours!
Let’s all see if we can help to make the UK’s roads safer for both our children’s and our grand-children’s sakes.