Causes of car accidents

With the number of cars on the road ever growing, itís no surprise at all that more and more people are having to make car accident claims. As the number of cars increase, so sadly, do the number of accidents. So itís well worth knowing what the main causes of accidents are. This will not only make your own driving safer, but will also let you know what to be aware of as far as other drivers are concerned. Studies suggest all accidents can be attributed to the following four factors, either singly or in combination:

  • Equipment failure

  • Road design

  • Inadequate road maintenance

  • Behaviour of the driver

Equipment failure
The most common reasons for equipment failure given on car accident claims are the brakes, tyres, steering and suspension.

Road Design
Most drivers blame the road for car accidents at some time, but it’s actually very rare for this to be the sole cause of an accident. When the design of the road is a factor it is due to hazard visibility, road surfaces, traffic control devices (traffic lights etc) and road identification signs.

Inadequate Road Maintenance
Again, it is very unusual for this to be the only cause of an accident, but problems in this area can include debris on the road, faded road signs, potholes, and areas of construction.

Driver Behaviour
This is by far and away the largest single cause of accidents. Driver distraction is the main cause and this is most usually the result of talking to passengers, using a mobile phone, selecting music to listen to and looking at scenery.

What to do if you’ve had a car accident
If you’ve had an accident you’ll want to get back on the road as soon as possible, and that’s where we can help. If you have been injured in a car accident, maybe suffered a whiplash injury, back injury, neck injury or a more serious injury we can help you make a claim for compensation.. We can provide a free replacement vehicle and arrange to have your vehicle repaired. If you’re thinking about making a car accident claim or want free legal advice we’re here 24 hours a day so call us on 0800 78 38 846 or click here to contact us online and we’ll call you cack.



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