The number of people killed and injured on the motorways is falling but it is still a significant figure. In 2012 there were 5,615 accidents on motorways reported to the police, a 4% fall from 2011 and the traffic figures only fell by 0.4%.
Safety on the Motorway
The Highway Code sets out specific safety rules which apply to motorway travel and are designed to prevent accidents. Elements such as safety barriers and hard shoulders are provided to ensure safety is provided if cars do come into difficulty and to limit the damage and impact of crashes and accidents. There are nearly 3000 miles of motorways in the UK and the risk of accidents is increased by the higher speeds at which drivers can travel.
Common Types of Motorway Accident Claim
There are many different types of road traffic accident which occur on motorways and many of the accidents are unique to the motorway environment. Below is a closer look at some of the most common types of accident.
When a collision occurs on a motorway or a heavy goods vehicle overturns then a chain reaction can occur and more and more vehicles can get involved in the accident. This type of accident can be serious for many different parties as more and more vehicles get involved. An expert road traffic accident solicitor is essential to ensure negligence can be ascertained and the claim can be fought against the right party.
Over and Undertaking
There are very specific guidelines which dictate safe overtaking on the motorway. Careful checking of the blind spot is detailed and though this is a case for all examples over overtaking it isn’t often the cause of accidents on the motorway. Ensuring the blind spot is clear before beginning the overtaking manoeuvre is essential for safety. Undertaking is illegal on all UK roads and is an extremely dangerous manoeuvre that carries high risks.
Motorway accident claims often occur because cars are travelling at the UK national speed limit of 70mph and this means that reaction times need to be quicker. Stopping, braking or swerving to avoid a hazard all have to happen more quickly and this often leads to misjudgement in keeping safe distances and accidents due to hesitancy. Tailgating also falls under this category and often occurs when drivers ignore the safe distances required between vehicles and then don’t have the time and space needed to stop.
Heavy Goods Vehicles Claims
Drivers of heavy goods vehicles are aware of their status as one of the most at risk groups on the road and this is the same on the motorways. Heavy goods vehicles are restricted to maximum speed limits of 60mph but windy weather conditions or overloaded trucks can cause problems such as overturning which in turn causes pile up collisions.
Motorway road traffic accidents can be very serious due to the speeds involved and as with any road accident there are a wide number of consequences, health related and financial. Individuals involved in accidents which were not their fault should contact a personal injury solicitor for more advice and to discuss the viability of the claim.