The Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in the UK

No matter how much investment is made in improving the safety of UK roads, the fact is that there will always be some accidents, often due to human error, lack of concentration or in the worst circumstances due to somebody being intoxicated. Over the last two decades the number of people injured in road traffic accidents has continually decreased, but at a slow rate, and last year there were still almost 145,000 people injured on UK roads, and on average 5 people were killed every day. Inevitably, this means that many people are facing loss of income due to a plethora of medical conditions affecting the way in which they carry out day to day life, and therefore car accident compensation claims are crucial to ensuring many people are able to continue living as independently as possible after being involved in an accident. Here are the most common causes of car accidents in the modern day UK.

Driver Error

Driver error, which includes factors such as failing to look properly at a junction or for pedestrians on the road, failing to judge the speed or path of others and general loss of control of the vehicle accounts for 67.5% of all traffic accidents in the UK. It is usually the case that driver error is combined with another factor such as impairment or an injudicious action.

Injudicious Action

26% of accidents also involve injudicious action as contributing factors. This involves things which again are completely the fault of the driver such as driving too quickly for the road conditions, exceeding the speed limit, following another vehicle too closely and disobeying traffic signals or road marking. When accidents occur as a result of this type of action, they are frequently of the most serious kind, often involving fatalities. This is especially true when excess speed is involved, which despite widespread publicity about its dangers, many people continue to speed on the most dangerous roads.

Impairment or Distraction

Despite impairment in some form only being involved in 11.7% of road accidents last year, it was a factor in 19.6% of all accidents involving a fatality and almost 15% involving serious injury. This highlights just how dangerous it is to drive while impaired, especially with alcohol, which contributes to the vast majority of this type of incident.

Road Environment

The road environment has significantly decreased in being a contributing factor to accidents within the UK in recent years, however due to factors such as the weather, ageing of materials and defective mechanics it is still a factor of a considerably large 15.1% of accidents. More than often these factors are unavoidable, or unforeseen, and no matter how well publicised road safety issues are publicised and roads maintained, a certain number of incidents are bound to occur.

Luckily, no matter what the cause of an accident may be, or what kind of injuries are sustained, if you are involved in an accident that was the fault of another road user, you will be able to make a no win no fee claim for compensation, based on the severity of your injuries and how they are affecting your everyday life.

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