Although Britain has one of the best road safety records in Europe, on average 5 people a day lose their lives on our road. This is a huge improvement according to the ROSPA figures that show in the 1980’ s over 5500 a year were being killed in road traffic accidents, compared to 1754 in 2012. The most common injury remains as whiplash with over 70% of claims submitted to insurance companies being for this condition.
The 10 most common accidents that cause car accident injury claims are:
- Driver error caused by lack of concentration, it only takes a few seconds distraction for an accident to happen.
- Speeding causes over 400 of the deaths that occur each year, either because the driver is exceeding the speed limit or driving to fast in bad weather conditions.
- In spite of all the publicity that surrounds it, drink driving still kills over 280 victims every year.
- ‘Clunk click every trip’ is an old warning that if only drivers heeded and wore their seat belts another 300 lives a year would be saved.
- Careless driving usually because someone is hurry causes around 300 deaths each year.
- Road rage or aggressive driving is another problem on our roads and kills about 125 victims each year.
- Inexperience accounts for many of the road accidents that occur. Over 150 young drivers in the 17-24 year old age bracket lose their lives each year as well as these accidents causing the deaths of passenger and other road users.
- Failure to look properly accounts for many of the accidents that happen.
- A large amount of accidents occur because the driver loses control of the vehicle.
- One in five crashes are caused by drivers failing to judge another persons path or speed correctly.
More care is needed
It is apparent from these causes that if only drivers took more care there would be less accidents on UK roads. In 2012 the total reported accidents where serious injuries or deaths occurred exceeded 190,000 but if you include the data from insurance companies that includes non reported accidents, the figure would go well past 500,000, an approximate average of 10,000 every week of the year.
The faultless victims
If you are involved in a car accident, which was not your fault, and in that accident you sustain injuries severe enough to need medical attention, you may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim.
In all the car accidents that happen, there will have been many faultless victims, some of them drivers, some passengers and some pedestrians, all caught up in situations not of their own making which if they were not one of the unlucky ones to be killed, could result in serious and life changing injuries.
UK Claim Lawyers are here to help these victims get the justice they are entitled to and the compensation they deserve, just like the many thousand of claimants we have already helped achieve this.