Young drivers are more likely to have a road accident
The most recent figures available from the RAC Foundation suggest that young drivers (aged 17-19) are the most vulnerable when it comes to car accidents, with this age group suffering around 41 casualties per week. Data also highlighted that 234 teenage car passengers were killed or seriously injured in Great Britain when the young driver (17-19) they were travelling with was involved in a crash. This is more than four each week. This is a worrying indicator that a young driver's combination of inexperience, lack of knowledge and nervousness can have catastrophic effects.
How to minimise the risk
Since everyone has to take a test, the best way of reducing these distressing road accident statistics is to make absolutely sure that recently qualified drivers really are ready to take to the road. And this can be achieved with just a few extra precautions.
So, if you are a new driver or have one in the family, here are a few sensible safety measures you should think about implementing to reduce the threat of a road accident:
Firstly, if you are a learner driver, be honest with yourself about the number of lessons you need. If in your heart you donít feel ready for the test, say so. A qualified driving instructor is extremely skilled at judging your ability, but he canít know how you feel inside unless you tell him. If you donít feel ready, then you probably arenít.
Family members are great companions when you want to get some practice in, but always take some professional lessons as well.
Concentrate on stamping out bad habits straight away and ensure that good practice (like hand position on the steering wheel and remembering "mirror, signal, move") becomes second nature. A road accident is often caused by poor car handling.
Donít be too ambitious too soon. Driving alone is a completely different undertaking from driving with your instructor. There will be no comforting dual controls or extra pair of eyes helping to prevent a road accident. So your first journeys should be short and local if possible.
As soon as you have passed your test, ask your instructor to take you for a motorway lesson. He or she wonít have been allowed to do this before as learners are not permitted on motorways Ė but this is an essential part of learning to drive safely.
Donít be tempted to fill up your car with friends too soon. Theyíll be excited for you, and could cause you to have a road accident by distracting you.
Making a personal injury claim after a road accident
Anyone who has received a personal injury in a road accident that was not their fault has the right to make a claim for compensation. Provided that the incident happened no more than 3 years ago, then call us for free legal advice.
*Where replacement vehicle costs can be recovered from the insurance company of the person who caused the accident.
Where this person is untraceable or uninsured, or where there is a dispute over liability, a replacement vehicle cannot